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Electric Cars Could Become Renewable Energy Battery Hubs

15 Jul 11:00 by Steve Walia

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The National Grid has predicted that 35 million electric cars could be capable of supplying renewable energy when required, thanks to advanced battery hubs.

By 2050, these high-tech cars could be charged with solar and wind energy. The energy that they didn't use would then be sent back to the national grid for broader use.

This fleet would be instrumental in helping Britain to hit its net-zero-carbon target. Together, they would form a battery storage hub.

National Grid believes that millions of these new-gen electric cars will be able to use power from the sun and wind to fully charge in just minutes. It also sees the use of smart charging systems making use of complex algorithms to allow vehicles to balance grid supply and demand whilst optimising the use of clean energy and saving people money.

In its long-range trend forecast, it believes that this future fleet of plug-in cars could utilise 20% of Britain's solar energy output, which it anticipates growing four-fold between now and 2050.

If achieved, the UK would then be in a position to slash its carbon targets to a net zero by tackling the currently problematic transport sectors.

The Head of strategy at National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, said that tomorrow's electric vehicles would help to create more flexible energy systems which were also cheaper.

National Grid produced five future energy scenarios to help the energy industry and policymakers to plan ahead for the UK's future energy usage.

In each of its scenarios, it believes that the most popular transport form will be electric-powered vehicles from around 2030. It also sees communities and individual homes being in a position to generate their own clean power through micro wind power or solar panel technologies.