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Energy UK drives Smart Charging standards for EVs

Energy UK is helping develop agreed standards on smart charging for electric vehicles (EVs) - an important part of enabling the transition to low carbon transport.  

Smart charging will allow drivers to charge their vehicles at the lowest price, through time of use tariffs for example, and reduce potential impact of electric vehicles on the grid - further controlling network reinforcement costs. Standards will help make the most of the flexibility offered by EVs as energy storage and contribute to a smooth roll out that benefits consumers, the economy and the environment.

To enable the transition to be achieved at lowest cost to consumers, there is a pressing need to develop agreed standards for smart charging. These will, if approached in a holistic manner, allow for innovation and competition in an area of great potential for the UK and will link into wider efforts to develop a smart flexible energy system

Energy UK has opened a consultation on smart charging standards, inviting comments from the wide range of stakeholders across the energy, automotive and technology industries who are vital to the successful integration of EVs. In an accompanying paper, the industry is clear that customers should be given the choice on how and when they charge their EV but with options that encourage doing so at times of less demand.  

Responses will be used to set out recommendations to government, which has committed to decarbonising transport in both the Clean Growth Strategy and the ongoing Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, and will enable it to begin consulting on smart charging standards quickly.

The decarbonisation of transport is expected to result in 323 billion vehicle miles per year to be electrified in the UK. Significant reductions in the CO2 emissions from the power sector have resulted in EVs being cleaner than ever before – now emitting around half of even the cleanest hybrid vehicles.

Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said:

“With a 2040 deadline for phasing out the sale of diesel and petrol cars, the EV rollout is gathering pace all the time – presenting opportunities for the energy system, UK economy and consumers. To maximise these opportunities, we must tackle important technical issues like smart charging standards without further delay - and that’s why we are pressing ahead with this work.     

“The EV revolution is crucial to meeting the UK’s carbon targets by reducing transport emissions and cleaning up the air that we breathe - but if we can seize the opportunity, there is also the chance to boost our economy by becoming a global leader in the new technologies involved.”      

Joachim Brandt, chair of the Energy UK Electric Vehicle Working Group and COO Solution Delivery Group for Commercial Energy Management at E.ON

Electric vehicles will play a key role in the Clean Growth Strategy for meeting the 5th carbon budget, and smarter, affordable and clean energy charging solutions are essential to making this happen. This consultation will allow the government to move swiftly on smart charging standards once the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill has passed.

We welcome responses from a broad range of stakeholders and hope this consultation results in greater collaboration across the sectors delivering the transition to low carbon transport, putting the consumer needs at the heart of the EV revolution. Electric vehicles offer unprecedented opportunities for the UK economy in terms of new markets, digital mobility services and innovation. Smart charging will enable us to lead the way globally.

The consultation and position paper is available here. Responses are invited by 23rd April 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Energy UK Electric Vehicle Group includes representatives from Centrica, Delta EE, Drax Power, Ecotricity, E.ON, EDF Energy, ESB, Engie, National Grid, Npower, OVO Energy, Scottish Power, SSE, and UK Power Reserve.


Notes to Editors

Energy UK is the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production and supply of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers. Our membership covers over 90% of both UK power generation and the energy supply market for UK homes. We represent the diverse nature of the UK’s energy industry – from established FTSE 100 companies right through to new, growing suppliers and generators, which now make up over half of our membership.

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