The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021
Jurisdiction: Great Britain
Commencement: 30th June 2022
Amends: New Legislation
Section 15 (2) of the Automated and Electric Vehicle Act 2018 provides the Secretary of State power to prohibit the sale or installation of electric vehicles (EV) charge points, unless they have smart functionality.
These Regulations prohibit the sale of electric vehicles (EV) charge points, unless they meet smart functionality requirements. EV charge points must also be designed to protect the stability of the electricity grid and protect consumers. The requirement applies to charge points that are intended for use by vans, cars and smart cables in a workplace setting.
The use of EVs is a key part of the Government’s net-zero commitment which requires the United Kingdom (UK) to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.
EV charge points have smart functionality if they:
- send and receive information via a communications network, e.g wi-fi;
- respond to signals or other information that is received, i.e. adjust the rate or time of electricity flow;
- provide Demand Side Response (DSR)* services; and
- have at least one user interface**.
*DSR is where energy users change their electricity consumption patterns in response to a signal or incentive from the energy provider.
**User interface is the means by which a user and a computer system interact.
Various duties apply.
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