Since the summer of 2019, there is a requirement that all charging points in the UK must have technology that helps motorists to charge at a lower cost at times when demand is low.
The UK is worried by the consequences for the electricity networks as the rechargeable cars grow in number. For example, today 89,000 electric vehicles are connected to the UK Power Network’s network in the South East. The area east and south of London has just over nine million inhabitants and by the end of the 20th, it is expected that 4.1 million electric cars will load the operator’s network in the region.The only way to get around the increased pressure is smart charging, where electric cars do not load the grid when general consumption peaks. And since the summer of 2019, there is a requirement that all charging points in the UK should have technology that helps motorists charge at a lower cost at times when demand is low.
– Electric vehicles are coming, and we play a key role in ensuring that our consumers can benefit from new technology. Smart charging is a crucial part of the solution that we can use in the future to build new infrastructure that can provide us with capacity for increased demand, says Ian Cameron, customer and innovation manager at UK Power Networks.