Renewable energy sector welcomes roll-out of smart new battery-powered vehicle charger Act

eVolt installs UK's first solar-powered EV charging point in Princes St, Dundee
eVolt installs UK’s first solar-powered EV charging point in Princes St, Dundee

The new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act – another ‘clearing the parliamentary decks move by the Tory Government at Westminster in preparation for a likely snap UK general election’ – last week will support the development of the battery-powered vehicle re-charging infrastructure network, according to the Renewable Energy Association.

The act gives Government powers to ensure that charge points are ‘smart’ and able to respond to the needs of network operators and suppliers to manage demand.

It also gives Government powers to standardise payments, ensure key charge point information is made public, and compel deployment at motorway service stations, which are important developments for the market.

The new BPV Act follows the UK government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy published earlier this month, which proposed ensuring new homes are ready for BPV charging, that public chargers can be more seamlessly installed, and that tenants are given greater powers to request charging infrastructure from landlords.

Daniel Brown, BPV Lead at the Renewable Energy Association, commented: “The government’s industrial strategy laid out an ambition to build electric vehicles and batteries in the future.

“This BPV Act, in addition to the recently released Road to Zero strategy, gives an important and timely boost to the development of a world-leading EV charging network in the UK.”

See also

Dundee maintains drive to expand BPV electricity re-charger network

25 Jul 2018

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