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UK power capacity 'sufficient for electric cars'

Power capacity in Britain is sufficient to charge electric cars in the medium term, according to a new report.

The study, which was carried out by a team of representatives from companies such as Ricardo, Jaguar-Land Rover, E.ON and Amberjac Projects, suggested that a ten per cent increase in electric cars and plug-in hybrids would raise power demand by less than two per cent.

It also revealed that the increase in demand for energy would most likely be spread over the market and be distributed evenly.

Neville Jackson, group technology director at Ricardo, said: "The increasing electrification of road vehicles is likely to be a key enabler for future significant reductions in transport-related CO2 emissions.

"While the provision of publicly accessible street level infrastructure in the form of recharging points remains a challenge, the research findings published today ? show that existing UK power grid capacity will be sufficient in the medium term to support a significant expansion of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle use and is therefore not a constraint on implementation."

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