New laws apply to electric car charging stations put in driveways.
According to government plans, electric car charging stations installed in homes and driveways must comply with strict new regulations.
New laws will be implemented, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, to ensure that electric plugs match “smart charging criteria.” He went on to say that drivers will benefit from the improvements, as they will be able to save money on their energy costs.
“Today we also publish the government’s response to the electric car smart charging consultation,” Mr Shapps said.
“The response pledges to introduce legislation later this year to ensure that all private EV charging stations comply with smart charging requirements.
“The move to electric vehicles is critical to the government’s net-zero commitment, but it will also raise demand on the power grid.
“Smart charging may be able to help alleviate these consequences.
“This legislation will be critical in promoting the adoption of smart technology, which can help customers save money on their energy bills.”
Smart charging, according to the government, is described as changing the time of day when an electric vehicle is charged.
In reaction to electricity tariff information, charging stations will modify the rate of charge at different periods.
This means that drivers may be charged various rates for topping up their cars at peak periods, such as when people get home from work between 5 and 7 p.m.
As a result, drivers may be able to take advantage of lower electricity rates or benefits for charging during less popular times of day, such as the middle of the day.
The AA has endorsed the latest revisions, stating that the group “welcomes” the ideas.
The new smart charging guidelines, according to David Watson, founder and CEO of charging provider Ohme, are a “move in the right direction.”
However, he noted that in order to handle a surge in demand, users would need incentives to charge during less popular timeslots.
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“Legislation requiring all private EV charging stations to satisfy smart charging standards is a step in the right direction,” he said.
“However, simply calling something smart isn’t enough.
“We need to see a holistic strategy to smart charging to control the spikes in demand due to broad EV adoption if these technologies are to be deployed at scale.
“Incentives for consumers, businesses, and fleets, as well as education and awareness campaigns, and stronger coordination between government, energy firms, and clean tech companies,” according to Brinkwire Summary News.