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Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Regulations

Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Regulations

The UK government has announced new regulations in relation to smart electric vehicle charging. All persons or businesses selling, offering, or advertising an electric vehicle charge point for sale will need to comply with the new EV charging legislation that comes into effect on 30th June 2022.

Keep reading this blog to find out everything you need to know about the upcoming electric vehicle charging legislation.

What are the new smart electric vehicle charging regulations?

From 30th June 2022, all private (domestic and workplace) electric vehicle charge points and electrical cables should be smart and meet device-level requirements.

To be compliant, the EV charging unit or cable must have:

  • Smart functionality (including the ability to send and receive information, the ability to respond to signals to increase or decrease the rate or time of charging, offer demand-side response services and have at least one user interface)
  • Electricity supplier interoperability (allowing the charge point to retain smart functionality even if the owner of the unit switches electricity supplier)
  • Loss of communications network access  (the unit needs to be able to continue charging even if the charge point ceases to be connected to a communications network)
  • Safety provisions (the charger must prevent the user from carrying out an operation that could risk the health or safety of a person, for example, overriding default charging)
  • A measuring system (the EV charger must be able to measure or calculate the electricity imported or exported, record charging time and allow the owner to view the charging information)
  • Off-peaking charging (pre-set, off-peak, default charging hours (8-11am and 4-10pm on weekdays) and allow the owner to accept, remove or change these upon first use)
  • Security (the unit must comply with the existing cyber security standard ETSI EN 303 645, offer software developments, and must be security tested annually)
  • Randomised delay function (the charger must allow a default randomised delay of up to 600 seconds)

The seller of the electric vehicle charge point must complete a statement of compliance, a technical file, and keep a record of all sales for ten years.

The regulations do not apply to:

  • EV chargers sold in Northern Ireland
  • EV chargers sold before 30th June 2022
  • EV chargers not intended to be used within Great Britain
  • Rapid charge points
  • Non-smart cables
  • Public charge points
  • EV chargers sold by individuals outside of the purposes of their trade, business, craft or profession (i.e. second-hand purchases between private individuals)

When are the new smart EV charging regulations coming into effect?

The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 were signed into law on 15 December 2021; however, the first part of Schedule 1 will be brought into effect from 30 June 2022. During the first part of Schedule 1, smart functionality, monitoring and reporting of energy consumption, default smart charging, supplier interoperability and randomised delay functions will be legal requirements in any electric vehicle chargers sold.

From 30 December 2022, the second half of the regulations will be brought into effect – cyber and data security requirements. However, this does not apply to chargers sold before 30 June 2022, but any exchanges after 30 June 2022 will need to comply with the new regulations.

Phase 2 regulatory proposals will start in September 2022.

Why are there new electric vehicle charging regulations?

With the rise of electric vehicles, there is a growing demand and pressure on the electricity grid. By integrating electric vehicle charging units with energy systems and providing features such as charge scheduling, it will help to increase grid stability, reduce congestion, and promote alternative ways of charging, for example, using renewable energy sources, like solar.

The regulations will also help protect customers and the grid from cyber attacks and data manipulation by ensuring the units provide a base level of security.

Not only will customers be protected with cyber security, but the new EV charger regulations will ensure high-quality units and product transparency. With the end of the previous OZEV grant focused on single-unit homeowners, there are worries that the quality and safety of electric vehicle charge points may decrease in an effort to create cheaper units. By setting regulations and creating minimum standards for electric vehicle chargers, it promises future proof, safe, and high-quality products.

Who is the enforcement authority for these new electric vehicle charging regulations?

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the new smart electric vehicle charging regulations.

Are you looking to get a smart EV charger installed? We Power Your Car can sort it for you!

If you are thinking about getting a home or workplace EV charger installed, please get in touch with us for helpful and unbiased advice. We install nationwide and are fully compliant with the new EV charging regulations.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Spread over a 60 month period.

Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.

You decide the amount of months.

Minimum of £1000.

We will contact you to process the credit application. Approval is subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. 13.9% APR representative. T&Cs apply.

Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.

Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.

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