Electric car charging points in people’s homes will be preset to switch off for nine hours each weekday at times of peak demand because ministers fear blackouts on the National Grid.
Under regulations that will come into force in May, new chargers in the home and workplace will be automatically set not to function from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 10pm. Public chargers and rapid chargers, on motorways and A-roads, will be exempt.
Owners will be able to override the preset times, to take account of night workers and people who have different schedules.
The Commons Transport Select Committee called this summer for owners to be incentivised to recharge batteries ‘little but often’ to avoid power shortages.
Electric cars have been forecast to create extra 18GW demand for power in UK at peak times by 2050, according to the National Grid. That is the equivalent of six Hinkley Point nuclear power stations.
Am I missing something here, you can’t use your own electricity during these times but you can pay silly prices down the road on a rapid charger? Surely the rapid charger is pulling from the same grid?
This is why, IMO, V2G chargers are essential. With these chargers the entire scenario is reversed and cars would be used as power stations. A little bit of power taken from millions of BEVs to help run the grid 👍
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Am I missing something here, you can’t use your own electricity during these times but you can pay silly prices down the road on a rapid charger? Surely the rapid charger is pulling from the same grid? Is this the start of ev charging getting silly?
No, the idea is to get people to charge off peak unless they need to do otherwise, which I think is what most people already do, mainly as its more cost effective anyway.
Previous Motability Cars
2006 - 2009 Skoda Superb VR6 2.0tdi
2009 - 2012 Citroen C5 2.0tdi VTR Nav
2012 - 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.5dci tekna
2015 - 2018 Ford Kuga 2.0tdi Titanium X
2018 - 2021 BMW 220d X drive 2 Series Active Luxury
2021- Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE
It’s hardly surprising. People have being saying for a long time that the National Grid is not up to the task as things stand with so many people going electric. They still panic when everyone puts the kettle on halfway through a popular tv programme. Some one had better get their skates on if things are to improve in time for 2030.