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Electric vehicle smart charging action plan published

The government and Ofgem have sets out steps to make smart charging the preferred method of long duration charging by 2025.

Published on 18 January the plan notes that the decarbonisation of road transport is accelerating, and in 2022 one in six of all new vehicles sold in the UK was a plug-in electric vehicle. This means that enabling intelligent and automated smart charging at suitable locations will deliver a win-win situation. Smart charging harnesses the potential of energy use data and the latest energy innovations to deliver significant benefits for consumers, including allowing motorists to charge vehicles when electricity is cheaper or cleaner, allowing consumers to power their home using electricity stored in their vehicle, or even sell it back to the grid for profit. It is expected high mileage motorists could save up to £1,000 a year through smarter charging.

As of July 2022, all new charge points sold for private now must have smart functionality and the UK is consulting on a new policy and technical framework to unlock the benefits of domestic smart, flexible energy, and enhance its cybersecurity.

Through the plan, the government and Ofgem will:

Source: BEIS

The government has also announced £16M funding from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) for technologies that harness the potential of smart charging, including a smart street lamppost which will enable motorists to access smart charging on the move, and projects that will enable domestic appliances, from heat pumps to electric vehicle charge points and batteries, to integrate into a smarter energy system.

GridBeyond Managing Director UK & Ireland Mark Davis said:

“Falling costs, widening availability, and support from policy-makers, have spurred a recent rise in sales of EVs, but as they become more common, electricity demand will inevitably rise. This will create new opportunities. Ultimately, it could help turn what is currently a cost centre – refuelling – into a potential revenue stream through optimisation of electricity use.

“But increased charging during the day will require data intelligence and management to avoid being exposed to peak prices. GridBeyond’s technology can not only help a business avoid these costs but actually turn them into new revenues, thereby supporting further EV rollout and decarbonisation of the power system.”

“At GridBeyond we partner with local authorities and bus and fleet operators as well as charge point operators (CPOs) and infrastructure providers to deliver innovative solutions that optimise the way energy is purchased, stored and used. Our energy services help you avoid charging at times of peak prices and by optimising your demand, generation and storage assets, alongside your EV fleet.”

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