Conservative MP Amber Rudd has opened up the debate over fears that plug-in vehicles could cause National Grid blackouts.

Senior Tories have expressed worries that the growing popularity of electric vehicles has the potential to overload the UK’s power network – and that despite cleaner vehicles being essential in the fight against climate change, they could have a drastic effect on the country’s power supplies.

It is reported that energy secretary Rudd has asked the Cabinet Office to referee the dispute that has broken out.

A source told the Sun: “Environment and transport ministers want millions more electric cars on the streets.

“Supplies are stretched already so imagine if everyone charges their car at the same time.

“She [Rudd] called in Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin but he said the real issue is delivering power to homes – which is not governmental responsibility.”

The Conservative election manifesto stated that the party wanted to make ‘almost every car and van to be zero emission by 2020.’ It has so far put £500million towards the idea. If this comes into play, it would mean that 30 million cars would have to be replaced, along with four million vans.

Currently, there are 45,000 electric cars in the country. Although manageable for now, the strain that millions more electrical cars would put on the country’s energy supplies could be great.

Ministers within the cabinet say that the utilisation of both green vehicles and roads is central to achieving better air quality for the country. It is the Department for Energy and Climate Change however that fears that there may not be enough power for this ideal to be realistic.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

November 30, 2015