Electric Vehicle drivers see mass charging laws., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Electric Vehicle drivers see mass charging laws., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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Electric Vehicle owners planning to install home charging stations are being warned of new laws that could derail their plans.

From December 30, 2022, new laws will be introduced to help electric car drivers charge their vehicles at home. The latest Schedule 1: The latest provisions of the safety regulations apply to the regulations on electric vehicles (smart charging points) coming into force in June 2022.

These new regulations and requirements are intended to cover cybersecurity and tamper protection for home chargers.

It aims to ensure that each charging station provides adequate protection for the electricity system, the relevant charging station and the personal data of the owner.

All installers wishing to install non-compliant Electric Vehicle chargers after December 31, 2022 must obtain prior approval from the Office of Product Safety and Standards.

People also need to make sure charging stations have unique passes and are not set up by the owner, to protect people’s personal information.

The government has outlined on the GOV.UK website how charge point operators will comply with the new regulations.

It must have intelligent functions, including the ability to send and receive information and respond to signals to increase the rate or time at which electricity flows through the charging station.

It should also have a metering system to calculate the power imported or exported and charging time, and the information can be seen by the owner.

The rules, introduced in June, should ensure that all chargers in homes and workplaces have smart charging capabilities.

Smart chargers allow drivers to choose when to charge their car, ensuring they have enough power when they need it.

This is especially useful when they have an Electric Vehicle-friendly home tariff, some offering drivers the chance to save hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year.

For any driver worried about their home charger, Ohme, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of Electric Vehicle charging stations, has put motorists at ease.

David Watson, CEO of Ohme, said that chargers were already very secure and now meet these latest requirements ahead of the deadline.

He added: “Whether you’re an electric vehicle driver looking to buy a new smart charger, an electrical retailer offering them for sale or an installer, from the end of this year all new Electric Vehicle chargers are legally-bound to meet these regulations.

“For total peace of mind, drivers, retailers and installers should ensure that they’re buying a product that meets the latest regulations and ask to see the Statement of Compliance for the charger to confirm that.”

Ohme smart chargers allow drivers to take advantage of cheap charging at all times, not just specific fixed times, by automatically connecting to the grid in real time.

With the Ohme app, drivers can set the Home Pro to charge the vehicle when the price falls below a certain level – a huge benefit during a cost of living crisis.

Ohme also offers drivers the opportunity to charge their cars using the highest renewable generation available on the grid. The new charging points will be preconfigured to avoid charging during the weekday peak hours between 8am and 11am and 4pm and 10pm.

New data from Zap Map found that a third of Electric Vehicle owners also own a petrol or diesel car, but EVs are the preferred choice for all types of travel.

As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, charging at home is becoming more common and popular with many motorists. The annual Zap Map Electric Vehicle Charging Survey shows that the majority of Electric Vehicle owners only own electric vehicles, with 49% of them driving only pure electric vehicles.

For commuters, 71 percent of drivers use their EVs, and 67 percent stick with them even on trips over 100 miles. On these longer journeys, many drivers prefer to choose to charge at home rather than wait at a public charging station.

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