Can the United Kingdom lead the world in the field of smart charging for electric vehicles?

Over the past five years, the UK has rapidly ramped up its efforts towards the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) while strengthening its electric vehicle charging infrastructure. But there are concerns conveyed by some media reports, with the Daily Mail reporting that from next May, each new EV charger will be preset to turn off for nine hours a day, and automatically set not to work in peak times to relieve stress on the device. national network. They also mentioned a random delay of up to 30 minutes if there is a high demand from motorists.


Under regulations set by the World Trade Organization, new chargers will not operate in the home and workplace by default from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.


How did that happen?


The Motorized and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 (AEV Act) has been passed giving the government powers through secondary legislation to require all-electric vehicle charging points sold and installed in the UK to have smart functions and meet minimum device level requirements.


In response, the government conducted a major consultation with stakeholders and stakeholders in 2019 and published a summary of responses to the consultation. They have now written the government's policy response.


But the media mostly discusses the first stage. It includes minimum standards around cybersecurity, interoperability, and network stability that has been ignored. The default setting for peak times on smart chargers First, to be clear, public chargers and expressway chargers are exempt from peak times. So the risks of running out of power on the highway are not as great as many fear. The default off-peak situation which is much feared may delay the shipment until the specified off-peak time.


Smart charging points will be preset to prevent automatic charging during peak times. Peak times are 8 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 10 pm on weekdays. The legislation defines time windows instead of a peak period to avoid the risk of causing a secondary peak period. However, the user should be able to edit or remove this setting. This can accommodate night shift work and those already using smart tariffs.


Opportunity for competitive rates and service offers for electric vehicle owners This is where things get really interesting for consumers. Smart energy meters will be mandatory in UK homes by 2025. As a result, many utility companies have created competitive quotes for electric car owners who charge most of their electric cars at home and usually use more energy.


EV Charging and Grid Stability The government requires smart electric vehicle charger makers to ensure they have a function that randomly delays when any load control action is started. This random delay function will help reduce the risk of potential network stability issues as a large number of charging points are turned on or off at the same time.


What this means in plain language is that the government is setting a rule that delays the charging of electric vehicles in times of serious grid instability. It's not really exciting because it states that the charging point must be configured in such a way as to allow the user to bypass this delay function. Moreover, it is not uncommon for home smart meters to already have a remote disconnect connector, which makes it possible to turn them off during times of peak demand.


But there may be a concern that utility companies could use this as a competitive advantage by first separating those who pay the lowest for electricity it's hard to take advantage of competition without the money for a meaningful choice. However, local power grids existed long before the advent of electric cars. They are constantly expanding the use of wind and solar energy to meet customer demand and government goals.


In turn, we are likely to see an acceleration of new innovation that maintains the integrity of the network. Mandatory charging of electric vehicles in new homes and offices. It is also worth placing this news in the broader context of the introduction of the electric car in the UK. In a world-first, the British government will introduce legislation later this year requiring all newly built homes and offices to feature electric car chargers in England.


Transportation Secretary Rachel MacLean has announced that the law will see new homes equipped with automatic vehicle charging devices during peak periods The new office buildings will need to install a charging point for every five parking spaces.

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