Driving law changes: All home EV chargepoints will need smart chargers from next month

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“Preparations have been underway for a while, as we’ve been discussing how best we can work towards the green transport changeover with the Government, electricity distribution companies – who transport the energy from the grid to homes and businesses – service station operators and charge point providers for over two years.”

According to LeasePlan, an 18-month smart charging trial involving 700 drivers, noted a surge in electricity demand at 10pm as chargepoints came online after peak hours. 

To avoid this, new units will randomly defer off-peak charging sessions by 10 minutes, and allow utility companies to extend this to half an hour if grid demand is high.

Again, users will be able to override any delays and units which are set up to respond automatically to grid demand won’t have to have this feature enabled.



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