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Electric vehicle chargepoints must be ‘smart’ from July 2019, declares Government

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Electric vehicle chargepoints that are taxpayer funded must all be equipped with ‘smart’ technology from 2019, according to the UK Government.

The EV chargepoint stipulation is part of its ‘Road to Zero Strategy’, which was published earlier this year and is designed to ensure that at least half of new cars will be ultra-low emission by 2030.

The Government’s definition of smart chargepoints is that they must be able to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.

Smart charging can also reduce high peaks of electricity demands, minimising the cost of electric vehicles to the electricity system and keeping costs down for consumers by encouraging off-peak charging.

In addition, £500 grants designed to encourage the installation of chargepoints at home and in the workplace will also be maintained, it was confirmed.

“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,” said roads minister Jesse Norman.

“We have already supported the installation of over 100,000 home chargepoints. Now the measures announced today will give more people the opportunity to make the move to electric.”

Automotive minister Richard Harrington said: “Today’s measures will make it easier for consumers to move towards electric vehicles, helping us power towards a cleaner, greener future.”

A report earlier this week recommended that nearly all plug-in hybrids should be banned from using public car charging points because they take too long to recharge and the spaces should be reserved for fully electric vehicles. 

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