Smart charging is the newest buzzword within the world of EVs. With new UK GOV regulations coming into play from the end of June 2022, smart functionality within EV charge points will become a necessary feature for all charge points sold and installed within the UK. But what is smart charging and what is the new legislation that’s being put in place? Keep reading to find out all you need to know surrounding smart charging for electric vehicles.
Smart charging, much like all other smart technologies, refers to the sharing of data and information between systems and devices. In regards to smart charging, data is shared between an EV charge point and an electric vehicle, most likely via the cloud, to make informative decisions surrounding charging and energy usage. Smart charging allows a user to monitor and manage their EV charging system and even set up data-informed automation that results in more optimised charging.
Smart charging functionality, therefore, allows us to charge EVs in a way that is efficient, cost-effective and minimises the burden on the power grid.
The power grid is a network that delivers electricity across the country and to consumers. With the UK government implementing new legislation banning the sale and production of gasoline vehicles by 2030, in a bid to increase the uptake of electric vehicles and reduce overall carbon emissions, this will result in significant pressure being placed on the national power grid, as the number of EVs increases.
It is expected that the majority of EV drivers will be charging their vehicles at home or in the workplace, essentially during times of already high demand on the grid, such as 9 am when drivers reach the workplace and 6 pm when they return home. In order to meet this demand, significant investment into the UK’s power grid will be required.
Smart charging is important because it will firstly reduce the pressure on the UK’s power grid and secondly eliminate the need for any major investment to reinforce the electricity network. Smart EV charging allows for the shifting of vehicle charging to take place at a different time of day, such as overnight, when there is a lower demand on the power grid or even during times of higher renewable energy generation, such as the use of solar panels. Smart charging, therefore, provides benefits for EV drivers as well, such as savings on their energy bills.
From the end of June 2022… yes! New UK legislation now states that any new charge point sold or installed within the UK from the 30th June 2022 must have smart charging functionality. This requirement is under The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021.
If you already have an EV charge point installed and it does not have smart charging functionality, you are currently not required to change it and can continue charging your EV as you are currently.
As well as the functionality of smart charging, EV charge points with smart features are likely to hold several other user benefits that provide improved charging and system efficiencies, such as:
Many smart EV chargers can be controlled via their own App for smart devices. This acts as a central control panel for the charger and/or entire charge point system, whereby the user can see live availability, charging status, control automation and smart charging times.
Dynamic load management, also known as dynamic load balancing, is a common feature of smart EV charge points. This feature acts to automatically distribute the available power to an EV charging system between the buildings and the EVs that are being charged. This allows for added protection to the local power grid and protects your building or property from experiencing power overloads and blackouts, as well as the need to upgrade the building’s energy infrastructure.
It works by calculating the building’s current, real-time, energy capacity. The smart charging platform will then dynamically deliver the optimal load to each electric vehicle that is being charged at that time.
At eFaraday, all the charge points we install have the availability for dynamic load balancing. This is especially beneficial for those wanting to install workplace EV charging, as it allows you to scale your system and safely install more charge points.
Smart charging protects the power grid and enables more people to charge their EVs at the same time, therefore combatting the increased demand on the network.
With smart charging functionality, users can have full control of the charging of their EVs. Not only will they be able to set up automation that states when they want to charge, but also to charge during the cheapest tariff times and when there is an increased amount of renewable energy available. Users can also set up charge-by times, and their ideal charge percentage for their vehicles.
The ability to choose to charge your EV during the cheapest energy tariff time will have a lead-on effect saving money over time.
Smart charging and the use of other smart features, such as dynamic load balancing, make it possible to charge multiple EVs without needing to upgrade a building’s energy infrastructure, making it a cost-effective option for many businesses.
The implementation of legislation stating the need for smart functionality in all UK charge points will save the government a significant amount of money by not needing to invest in the nation’s power grid to cope with the increased demand.
With the increased demand on the power grid due to the uptake of more electric vehicles, smart charging allows for this uptake to continue without major issues.
Smart charging allows for EVs to charge during times of increased renewable energy. This, therefore, reduces the use of fossil fuels and further reduces CO2 emissions.
EV drivers will benefit dramatically from smart charging functionalities. Not only can they set up automation, but they can then plug their vehicle into their EV charger, knowing that it will charge efficiently at the most ‘desirable’ time, whether that be at the cheapest or ‘greenest’.
If you’re interested in installing EV charge points with smart charging functionality that are reliable, efficient, look good and are compliant with the latest standards, look no further. At eFaraday, we are passionate about providing an EV charging service that keeps you in charge.
Get in touch with the team, who will be happy to answer all of your questions and can provide you with a free quote. Call us on 0330 002 1154, or fill out an online form here.
Call us on 0330 002 1154, or fill out the form below and we'll contact you at a time that suits you
Registered office is Camburgh House, 27 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, CT1 3DN
Company registration number 12983787
©2024 eFaraday. All rights reserved.