FEATURE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING Electric car chargepoint consultation

All newbuild homes could soon be fitted with an electric car chargepoint, the government has outlined in a public consultation on changing building regulations in England

“With record levels of ultra-low emission

vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport,” says transport secretary Chris Grayling. “Home charging provides the most

convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone.” The government has already taken

steps to ensure that existing homes are electric vehicle ready by providing up to £500 off the costs of installing a chargepoint at home. Having supported the installation


he consultation comes alongside a package of announcements to support

electric vehicle drivers and improve the experience of charging. The proposals aim to support and

encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles within the UK by ensuring that all new homes with a dedicated car parking space are built with an electric chargepoint, making charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers.

The legislation would be a world first,

and complements wider investment and measures the government has put in place to ensure the UK has one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world – as part of the £1.5bn Road to Zero Strategy. The government has also set out that

it wants to see all newly installed rapid and higher powered chargepoints provide debit or credit card payment by spring 2020.

of almost 100,000 domestic chargepoints through grant support schemes, the government has also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology. This means an electric vehicle would

charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This would encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers.


To reach the UK government’s Road To Zero goal ‘for at least 50 per cent and as many as 70 per cent of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030’, a raft of measures is being rolled out to support the development of the requisite charging infrastructure required


aro Electric has been expanding its EV charging range in line with this

surging activity, supporting sometimes complex charging requirements. Its latest wall mounted charger model - GLB Plus - is a smart, robust, high-end option for a variety of locations, including domestic installations, businesses, shopping centres and hotels. Features include smart metering

and backend connectivity (with OCPP protocol), allowing the user to manage billing and maintenance, LAN, 4G and 3G. Dynamic Load Balancing minimises

the risk of overloading the main fuse, and DC leakage protection is in accordance with international standards (IEC 60264-7-722).

26 SEPTEMBER 2019 | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING All Garo EV chargers are approved for

OLEV grants and come with a three-year warranty for peace of mind. Another advantage of Garo charging

stations is the ability to demonstrate a company’s green credentials through branding. Each unit can be branded with a company/organisational logo and colour scheme to suit their identity. It is a powerful way to communicate a company’s environmental policy at the entrance point for visitors - the car park. Over the last year, Garo has completed

installations across a number of high profile organisations and facilities including Facebook, Musgraves, Abbott, Eli-Lilly, universities, county council offices, shopping centres and many more. In Sweden, Garo’s EV chargers

have been placed in Volvo Car’s R&D facility, Charge and Drive Highways Norway, all Swedavia Airport Car Parks, Sweden’s Green Highway, McDonalds and multiple energy utility companies and service stations.

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