New UK Smart Charge Points Regulations: Everything you need to know

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New regulations will soon come into effect and we are here to prepare you!

From 30th June 2022, all new private EV charge points (home and workplace) sold and installed in Great Britain must comply with new regulations. Wallbox is here to help you understand the main changes. Here is what you need to know:

Why do we have these regulations now? A little context.

In the UK, the uptake of electric vehicles represents a key part of the Government’s commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Given that all new cars and vans must be fully zero-emission by 2035, you can imagine how fast the demand for fully electric and hybrid vehicles is increasing!

More EVs on the road means more demand on the electricity system. And the National Electricity Grid is prepared to meet this demand. But not if all EVs are charging at the same time! This is the main reason why the UK Government started working on changes to the regulations applicable to EV charging solutions at home and in the workplace.

How do these regulations support the UK’s energy grid?

Implementing a more flexible & smarter energy system will support managing the fast increase in electricity demand from the transition to electrical vehicles, as well as enable easier integration of more renewable electricity generation into the energy system. 

What do the regulations require?
1. Off-peak charging 

New charge points will incorporate a pre-set default charging hours that are outside the peak hours (which are between 8am and 11am, and 4pm and 10pm on weekdays). This is a nice feature to help encourage all current and future EV owners to participate and support the new regulation. 

This feature will not only allow the National Energy Grid to achieve a better supply balance, but will also allow drivers to benefit from less expensive energy rates, depending on their energy provider and plan. 

As EV charging time varies according to each driver and their own lifestyle, the pre-implemented default settings can be overridden directly in the myWallbox app. You still have control over your charging patterns!

2.Randomised Delays 

New chargers will also feature a randomised delay function. This will prevent all charging points from initiating charging at the same time. The random delay can be up to 10 minutes every time the EV starts or stops charging. So, you may experience that your charging session will not start at the exact scheduled time, and should take this into account when checking the charging status. 
Owner can skip the randomised delay by manually overriding it each time the EV starts charging, and this can be done directly in the myWallbox app. Again, you’re in control! But let’s keep in mind that, whenever possible, enabling the new requirements is a step in the right direction!

Wallbox is ready for the new Smart Charge Points Regulations

Implementing these requirements is an important step toward the sustainable use of electricity for EV charging! After looking carefully into each new requirement we’ve analysed the impact on our product portfolio, and most importantly, considered how to best serve the market in Great Britain. Therefore, please note the following:

  • Pulsar Max will be compliant and ready for every home and workplace in Great Britain! Pulsar Max units produced before 1st July will need a software update to be compliant with the regulation. The software update is easy and fast, and you will have step-by-step instructions once you log into the myWallbox app. All Pulsar Max units produced after 1st July will have a compliant version direct from the factory.
  • Pulsar Plus and Copper SB will be compliant soon via a software update, but due to a granted extension from the regulator these products can continue to be sold after 30th June with no interruption.
  • Quasar can only be sold in situations in which a third party will control the charger, through a Demand Side Response (DSR) agreement, for example. 

We will continue to service and support all existing owners of these chargers. Please be aware that Northern Ireland is not affected by these regulations.

In addition, be aware that Wallbox chargers that that are operated by an entity other than Wallbox (i.e. through OCPP) are not subject to Wallbox’s off-peak schedule and randomised delay software updates. These software features should be provided by the third-party operator of those chargers.

Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible and continue to support you and your customers with powerful, simple solutions. 

Want to know more about our EV charging solutions? Discover them here!