Electric power, transport and city risk

EY, Foresight Group, Arup and Cross River Partnership have all been discussing the risks and opportunities for future electric power investment and management in our cities.

This was an important round table discussion held in advance of our next large Future Cities Forum, 'Intelligent Cities' on 3rd July, at White City Place, London.

Councils, investors, architects and planners will gather to discuss the proper design and planning of our cities, the role of data in this and the change-over in the next few years to accommodate new modes of transport, electric vehicles and streamlined mobility.

Nissan joined our City Hall, London forum in May suggesting that to push forward electric vehicle adoption the UK, the government should offer incentives for those interested in buying electric cars by offering subsidies and councils allowing those drivers special use of bus lanes and parking spaces.

The UK is currently lagging behind countries such as the Netherlands in electric vehicle adoption and this is slowing up improvement in air quality in UK cities.

Director in EY’s Global Energy team, Chris Pateman-Jones, stated:

‘There is clearly a massive opportunity for electric vehicle adoption in cities, as governments put restrictions on investigating and developing new sources of traditional energy.

‘Hitting targets however is potentially difficult – there is a real question around bringing all parties together to collaborate. These include the ene