Government-funded charging points must be smart from July 2019
14 December 2018
Author: Sean Keywood
All domestic charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), which are funded by the UK government, will need to be smart from July next year.
The government has confirmed the move, following a commitment made in its Road to Zero strategy, published earlier this year.
It means charging points will need to be capable of being remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.
Smart chargers also have the capability to reduce high peaks of electricity demands, minimising the cost of EVs to the electricity system, and keeping costs down for consumers by encouraging off-peak charging.
The government has also announced that the level of grants it offers for home and workplace chargers will stay at £500.
Roads minister Jesse Norman said: "The government wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle, and through leadership and innovation it is paving the way to a zero emission future.
We have already supported the installation of over 100,000 home charging points. Now the measures announced today will give more people the opportunity to make the move to electric."