Home charging points funded by the government for electric vehicles must now come with smart technology, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.
This has been introduced to help limit the cost of charging for EV drivers, with smart charging designed to encourage cheaper, off-peak plug-in and help limit the impact of EVs on the National Grid. This policy will help to reduce demand peaks, the DfT said.
As of July 1, all devices backed by the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme must be capable of being remotely accessed so they can allow for charging when there’s less pressure on the UK’s electricity system.
Roads Minister Michael Ellis said: “The Government wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle, with leadership and innovation helping us pave the way to a zero emission future.
“We’re in the driving seat of the zero emission revolution. Our new requirements for chargepoints could help keep costs down, ensuring the benefits of green transport are felt by everyone.”
The government announced that it will be banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, and has been supporting the installation of more than 110,000 domestic charging points through its grants since 2013.
That being said, the demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles has dropped according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which saw 13,314 AFVs registered in June compared to 15,099 in June 2018 – a decrease of 11.8%.
The government altered its plug-in vehicle grant policy back in October, which now excludes hybrids from the price reduction, and according to SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes: “Manufacturers have invested billions to bring these vehicles to market but their efforts are now being undermined by confusing policies and the premature removal of purchase incentives.”
A spokeswoman for the DfT said: “The plug-in car grant has supported the purchase of 180,000 new cars with over £700 million, including 100,000 plug-in hybrids, and the government is now focusing on the cleanest, zero-emission models.
“That focus has paid off, with registrations of battery electric vehicles up over 60% this year compared to the same period in 2018.”