Electric vehicle home charge points that have been funded by the government must be ‘smart’ from July next year, it has been confirmed.
This innovative smart technology has to be used so that charging costs are kept to a minimum; the charge points must have the ability to be remotely accessed, with the capability of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.
By reducing high peaks of electricity demands, the charge points will minimise the costs of vehicles to the electricity system.
It is a significant announcement, as it fulfils a promise made in the government’s Road to Zero Strategy, which will lead the way in zero emission technology by expanding green infrastructure throughout the country.
The target of making 70% of car sales ultra low emission by 2030 – and encouraging the use of vans and trucks with zero emission – requires the expansion of the infrastructure to support these vehicles.
Ensuring electric vehicle charge points at home use smart technology will help to achieve this aim.
The government has also announced that grants have been maintained to install charging points at home and the workplace that cost up to £500.
It will result in greater accessibility for charging electric vehicles for consumers, ensuring cars, vans, trucks and fleets that lead the way in hitting zero emission targets can be used to their full potential.
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, spoke at the announcement of the smart technology charge points. He explained the significance of these announcements.
He 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 charge points.
“Now the measures announced will give more people the opportunity to make the move to electric.”