15 Sep 2021

Electric Charger Regulations Designed to Avoid Blackouts

Electric car chargers are set to be limited in their function at peak times to avoid overloading the National Grid.

With the Government looking to implement an electric vehicle future, the concerns around electricity needs, and capacity, have naturally been raised.

However, as part of legislation announced recently by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, plans are being readied – ahead of a 30th May 2022 roll-out – which would see pre-sets employed to limit functionality between 8am and 11am, and 4pm to 10pm.

This, it is hoped, will avoid the potential for electricity demand outstripping capacity, with blackouts the result. The Times is also reporting that a “randomised delay” of 30 minutes will also be used on individual chargers to prevent spikes in certain locations.

Public chargers on motorways and A-roads will be exempt, with the option for individual chargers at home being able to override the pre-sets should it be required.

The news comes off the back of an announcement that electric vehicle chargers will be mandatory on all new build homes and offices.

As part of its push to be greener, the Government is set to enforce a ban on the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, but face a battle to expand the charging network in time to accommodate a predicted huge increase in electric vehicles on the roads.

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