Last week, the Government announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private electric vehicle (EV) charge points use ‘smart’ technology.
This means an EV would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This would encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers.
The consultation proposes using powers under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act to require most new charge points to have smart functionality and meet minimum standards. It also launches a call for evidence on the longer-term options for smart charging.
The consultation, which will close on 7 October 2019, can be read in full here on the GOV.UK website.