Is there enough electricity? National Grid reacts to fossil-fuel vehicle ban

Power network raises questions about how UK will meet demand when all new cars and vans sold are electric

National Grid has welcomed the plan to make electric or zero-emission cars and vans account for all new sales from 2040, but said the government and industry now faced big decisions on how the extra power was provided and demand for it was managed.

The grid recently warned that, by 2030, electric cars could require 3.5-8GW of additional capacity, on top of the current peak demand of 60GW.

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