Network thinks infrastructure and capacity can be in place a decade earlier in 2030
The company, which runs the UK’s national electricity network and wants to build superfast car charging points at motorway services, told MPs it could cope with the demands of an earlier surge in electric car numbers.
Graeme Cooper, the firm’s director of electric vehicles, told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee: “From Grid’s point of view, 2030 or 2040 is far enough out [to act].”
Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Asked if the company could handle the challenge of managing energy supplies if sales of fossil fuel-powered cars were banned in 2030, he said: “Absolutely, no problem at all.”
Questioned by Labour MP Vernon Coaker on whether National Grid would back a 2030 deadline, Cooper said the firm would support a more ambitious target.
The Energy Networks Association, which represents local power grids, did not go as far as National Grid’s backing for an earlier date but said: “If the target was brought forward, energy networks are ready to deliver.”
An environmental thinktank recently said a more aggressive target of 2030 would help almost halve the UK’s oil imports and virtually close the looming gap in the country’s carbon targets.