Leasing Options has sent us an update on new rules for EV charging points, which come into effect soon. Those who bought an EV thinking they can charge up cheaply on the move had better think again, power supply is being rationed just like everything else in the UK.
New rules will apply to EV charging from 30th June. All new chargepoints must have a data connection, and they must have the ability to measure, record and transmit usage, both in minutes and as units of energy. The connection must also be able to delay charging or slow it down during periods of high grid demand. Chargepoint manufacturers will also have to provide a user interface for drivers, such as an app.
New chargepoints will be pre-configured to avoid charging in peak hours
Designed to encourage smarter behaviour, new EV chargepoints will be pre-configured to avoid charging during peak hours (8-11am and 4-10pm on weekdays). This is aimed at lightening the load on the grid – the only exceptions are units that are configured to respond to periods of high demand, based on intelligence from energy suppliers. It’s worth remembering that peak-time charging isn’t being banned. EV drivers can choose not to accept the factory presets and override these settings, even if controlled remotely.
They can also set their own charging schedules to take advantage of cheaper overnight tariffs – functionality that not all plug-in vehicles have built-in.
Charging will randomly defer off-peak charging sessions by ten minutes
As part of their 18-month smart charging trial which involved 700 drivers, Electric Nation noted a surge in electricity demand at 10pm as chargepoints came online after peak hours. In order to avoid this, new units will randomly defer off-peak charging sessions by ten minutes, and allow utility companies to extend this to half an hour if grid demand is high.
Mike Thompson, Director at Leasing Options explains “The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 will come into force on 30th June 2022. These regulations will set out the minimum standards for all home and workplace chargepoints sold in England, Scotland, and Wales from that date.
“The most important things that EV drivers need to be aware of are the changes to chargepoint data and connectivity, new off-peak charging configurations, and staggered charge times. These new smart charging regulations don’t apply to public chargepoints, as these face different challenges in terms of grid supply.”
If you’re thinking that by getting a home charger you will somehow dodge this EV peak tariff, then think again. This winter will see power companies begin to vary the cost per Kilowatt, according to demand. The excuse will be climate change. So if you want to charge your Tesla after 10pm you will find the rates between 10pm-5am are going up. Bigly.
We recommend you trade in your Nissan Leaf for a Honda C90 moped if you really want cheap travel.