- From the 1st July, all government-funded chargepoints must use innovative ‘smart’ technology which could keep costs down for consumers
- New regulations contribute to the government’s net zero emissions target and ambition for future transport to be cheaper and greener
- Announcement follows the UK becoming the first G7 country to legislate for zero net emissions
Roads Minister Michael Ellis announced on the 24th June that all government-funded home chargepoints installed in the future must be ‘smart’.
From the 1st July 2019, all chargepoints backed by the government’s Electric Homecharge Scheme (OLEV) must have the ability to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal. The reasoning behind the introduction of smart charging is that it can reduce high peaks of electricity demands and minimise the impact of electric vehicles on the electricity systems.
Around 200 chargepoint models, from around 25 chargepoint manufacturers have been confirmed as eligible after 1st July, and are marked accordingly on the government’s online chargepoint model approval list.
Following the release of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, which outlined the ambition for all future transport to be safer and more accessible, the UK has had a record level of ultra-low emission vehicle registered. The measures outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy amount to nearly £1.5 billion of investment and represent one of the world’s most comprehensive packages of support for zero-emission vehicles.
This is an exciting step for the future of electric charging points and vehicles, read the full article here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-requirements-for-electric-chargepoints-as-country-moves-towards-net-zero