The energy regulator Ofgem has set out its proposals for reform to help support millions of new electric vehicles, and to encourage motorists to charge at off-peak times to save money.

The official state regulator for electricity and gas markets is aiming to keep costs down for consumers while putting an emphasis on the need for flexible charging.

Flexible charging will ensure that EVs can be charged on the current grid and could reduce the need for new power stations.

Ofgem analysis shows that if electric vehicles are charged flexibly – outside of peak demand times – then 60 per cent more vehicles could be charged compared to if they were charged normally.

Plugging in at these flexible times would also allow vehicles to benefit from cheaper electricity rates, too, says the regulator. Ofgem also includes in its proposals about energy from the batteries being able to be sold back to the grid – something already offered on the latest Nissan Leaf.

The government has already announced its drive towards ultra-low emission vehicles, with a target for 50 per cent of new cars by 2030 to be those emitting less than 75g/km of CO2. By 2040, every car will be either hybrid or fully electric.

Jonathan Brearley, executive director of systems and networks at Ofgem, said: “We are working with the government to support the electric vehicle revolution in Britain which can bring big benefits to consumers. Our reforms will help more users charge their electric vehicles and save them money.

“The proposals we have announced today will also harness the benefits of electric vehicles and other new technologies to help manage the energy system and keep costs down for all consumers.”

Ofgem has said it intends to work with the industry to overhaul existing rules and implement the reforms between 2022 and 2023.

Ted Welford


July 23, 2018

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