DfT confirms funded home chargepoints must be smart by 1 July
The government has confirmed that all electric vehicle chargers funded through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme must be 'smart' from 1 July.
This means they must have the ability to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal. Smart charging can reduce high peaks of electricity demands, minimising the impact of electric vehicles on the electricity system – and crucially, keeping costs down for consumers by encouraging off-peak charging.
Approximately 200 chargepoint models, from 25 chargepoint manufacturers, have been confirmed as eligible after 1 July 2019, and have been marked accordingly on the government’s online chargepoint model approval list.