The UK Government has this week launched a new mandate requiring all domestic electric vehicle (EV) chargers supported by its EV Homecharge Scheme to include “smart” technologies such as remote charging and demand-response capabilities. The requirement, which will apply to all charging points installed from July 2019, states that all chargers supported by the grant must be able to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving and interpreting data on grid demand and energy price fluctuations. This, according to the Government, will encourage EV owners to charge their vehicles during periods of low grid demand, thus minimising the cost of charging to power networks and therefore reducing their energy bills. Ministers have also confirmed that the maximum grant level available under the EV Homecharge Scheme, which covers charging infrastructure at homes and SMEs, will be maintained at its current level of £500. Owners of hybrid-electric and fully-electric vehicles will both be eligible to receive the grant.
Edie 18th Dec 2018 read more »