The contribution from wind and solar to power generation will only accelerate as their costs continue to fall and the world needs zero-carbon electricity – but these renewables come with some specific challenges: intermittency and inflexibility. Likewise, transportation needs to ‘decarbonise’, and the adoption of electric vehicles will accelerate – but how will the resulting increase in electricity demand be managed by utilities? To these two challenges, there is one answer: flexibility.
Is this the end of cars as we know them? Reading tech blogs and think tanks’ research, you could be forgiven for expecting that in a few years, the world will have effortlessly moved from human-driven combustion engine cars, owned by their drivers, to fleets of electric ‘robocars’ summoned by their users.
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