All government-funded home charge points for electric vehicles (EVs) must use innovative ‘smart’ technology from July 2019 under plans announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) today that are designed to boost EV infrastructure and ease pressure on the UK power grid. Confirming an ambition set out in the Road to Zero strategy launched earlier this year, the announcement means that from next summer EV chargepoints must be capable of being remotely accessed, as well as receiving, interpreting, and reacting to digital signals, the government explained. Smart charging technologies can reduce high peaks of electricity demand, thereby minimising pressue on the electricity system and helping to keep costs down for consumers by encouraging off-peak electric car charging, according to DfT. Advocates of the technology maintain it can also integrate with smart grid functionality to help support a grid that is more reliant on renewable power, potentially allowing for EV batteries to act as additional storage capacity. It comes as an increasing numbers of energy companies – such as British Gas, Engie and Scottish Power – start to offer tariffs specifically designed for EV drivers, enabling them to power up their cars at times of the day when electricity is cheaper. Recent findings from a trial by Octopus found its smart EV tariffs help its customers save money, reduce energy use, lower pressure on the power grid and curb CO2 emissions.
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