EV Chargers Will Be Installed All Over England
02 October 2021
England are set to lead the charge in the race to a cleaner, more efficient way we fuel and charge our vehicles by ensuring all new homes and offices built in the country from 2022 will include charge points for all electric cars and motorcycles. The country is the first in the world to put something like this into place – pathing the way for Electrical Vehicle (EV) innovation.
A cleaner, more efficient way we fuel and charge our vehicles
Classed as “smart devices”, the new chargers will be capable of directly communicating with the EVs to monitor and set the most efficient times for charging. The devices will be able to proactively spot and prevent overloads in the electricity network, thus fend off outages and downtime.
The news was recently announced by Rachel Maclean, the countries minister for Transport due to growing concerns over the shortage of EV charging points.
The Competition and Markets Authority said earlier this year that there would need to be over 250,000 charge points by 2030. This is a problem because as of one of the most recent counts there are currently only around 26,000 installed. An estimated 500 charge points are installed on a monthly basis in the UK, which is far below the recommendation of motoring experts who believe the country should be provisioning around 700 units per day.
The goal of the governments groundbreaking legislation is to encourage growth in installing charge points, before the ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars in 2030 comes into full effect.
While it may be cheaper for people to charge their electric vehicles using their domestic plug-in points, the goal with the proposed plans is to help people who don’t have off-street parking to charge their vehicles while they are at work. Original consultations that were supposed to occur about compulsory domestic charge points was initially delayed for a couple of years because of both the general election and the coronavirus pandemic.
Electric vehicle chargers will be a common sight of the future
Any at-home charging point installed after May 2022 must be able to be connected to the internet, essentially making it an IOT smart device. This will be a crucial step of the installation as will allow the charge points to be switched off during any peak times or if there are network issues. Electric vehicle chargers will be a common sight for people to see as they travel up and down country within a few years.
To make the new charge points as aesthetically appealing as they are functional, the Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps looked to the Royal College of Arts for them to design a charging point that was something that could be iconic. The goal was to create something that would be as recognizable as British symbols like the black cab, double decker bus, or the British phonebooth. The college has taken up the challenge and is currently working on something that they believe could be the next future icon of their great country.
As the world strives to be more eco-friendly, this boost in making even more charge points for electric vehicles is something that can really help make driving an electric vehicle more reasonable and attractive than it may have been in the past.
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