We're compliant with all the latest smart chargepoint regulations
Posted by David: Dec 30, 2022 • 2 min read
All Pod Point chargepoints sold after 30th December are compliant with the new Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations.
The UK Government introduced a new set of regulations to raise standards in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry and support the adoption of EVs.
These were brought in over two phases, with the second coming into effect on 30th December 2022.
From this date, all EV chargepoint providers must be compliant with the new regulations to be able to continue selling chargers.
Despite the immense challenges involved, Pod Point is excited to confirm our full compliance with the regulations! This means all our chargers sold after the 30th December are compliant.
Here’s a quick recap of all the updates required:
Phase 1: 30th June 2022
The first phase included new features focusing on smart charging functionality to create a more flexible charging system:
- Chargers must include a default charge schedule that only charges EVs during off-peak hours.
- Charging sessions must have a randomised delay of up to 10 minutes at the start or end of the session to help spread out surges in demand.
Additionally, there is now more detailed charging stats, giving EV drivers more information on their charging sessions such as:
- How much time power flowed between the charger and the vehicle during a session.
- All charging events in the past 12 months.
Phase 2: 30th December 2022
The second phase focused on enhanced security:
- Charger must include a mechanism that can detect and notify the owner of any attempts to remove the front cover.
- These notifications must be stored in a security event log that the owner can access.
- Owners must be able to see which software version their chargepoint has, as well as when an update is due.
- New encryption and authentication standards were introduced to further improve the security of any chargers connected to online networks.
This phase also brought in a number of other requirements.
Our thoughts on the new regulations
Smart charging forms a fundamental part of Pod Point’s mission, so we completely welcome the regulatory support the government is bringing forward.
After all, we want to put a chargepoint everywhere you park. But charging infrastructure needs to be built in a way that considers the impact on the energy grid.
This is where smart chargers come in, by spreading the nation’s charging activity over the full 24-hour day, rather than having everyone charging at the same time.
As Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, put it: “That’s been part of the Pod Point mission from day one.”