EV Charging Regulations in the UK

by | Apr 11, 2024 | Guide

In this guide, we’ve simplified the wide range of UK EV charging regulations into two main categories: private, and public charging regulations. This breakdown aims to help with your understanding, allowing for more manageable compliance.

Your installer should be knowledgeable about these regulations, but if you’d like to learn more, please refer to the information below:

 

Private regulations

Smart Charger functionality

There are a range of functionalities that are required for any EV chargers that are sold after 30th June 2022. These functionalities include:

  • Delayed Charging: Delayed charging was put in place to help the grid keep stable during peak period of EV charging. During high peak times the charger can delay or slow your charging for a short time (Usually only a few minutes), reducing strain on the grid helping prevent blackouts.
  • Power management: Power management refers to safety measures put in the chargers to prevent overloading your home’s electrical circuit. Some chargers allow for variable charging that will automatically adjust your charging speed during these times, helping avoid circuit tripping and other electrical hazards.
  • Remote Monitoring (Optional): Remote monitoring is an optional feature that can benefit drivers considerably. This feature allows drivers to control their charger on their phone, allowing for delayed charging, monitoring and can help you set limits.

 

Energy Supplier Independence

This regulation ensures that if you decide to get your charger though your energy provider that offers EV charging that you don’t get locked into a contract to continue using your charger. It allows you to continue using your charger even if you switch suppliers. This works by connecting to the grid instead of a specific energy supplier.

 

Offline Charging

Offline Charging is just how it sounds, if your smart charger loses internet/ 4G connectivity you should still have basic functionality of the charger. Meaning that the charging itself will be fully useable but features like scheduling and tracking may be temporarily unavailable.

Public Regulations

The public regulation have been put in place to ensure the EV charging stations are user friendly, convenient and reliable for the general public. Some of these regulations include:

 

Contactless payment

The newest of the regulations to be announced is the contactless payment regulation. Coming into force November 2024. Requiring all public chargers above 8kW to have contactless payment terminals making it easier to may for charging when required.

 

Reliability

The reliability regulations are to ensure that there are minimal disruptions during the charging process. It requires 99% reliability, with this regulation focusing on primarily rapid chargers and above due to their importance for the public when traveling.

 

Openness and accessibility

Openness and accessibility refer to a few different regulations. All the regulation listed below are specific to the CPO’s in charge of the chargers management and should be achieved within the next 2 years:

Pricing transparency

Pricing transparency is primarily the responsibility of the CPO (Chargepoint Operator). It refers to the practice of clearly displaying the total price per kWh for charging your vehicle allowing you to quickly make decisions on which charger you’d like to utilize before plugging in.

 

Roaming Options

Roaming Options primarily refers to the compatibility of the charger across multiple charging networks. Allowing the public to easily utilise the same card or account across multiple different companies.

 

Accurate Data Sharing

The data being referred to in this regulation is the usage, availability, and pricing. All this data is shared between the CPO and government bodies and is used to improve the planning of EV charging infrastructure to allow for a more robust EV charging infrastructure.

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