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New UK Smart Charging Points Regulations – CPC Framework Update


By Myles Woodman

The uptake of electric vehicles in the UK is a key part of the commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  As previously advised to members, all new cars and vans sold in the UK must be zero-emission by 2030, which has resulted in a quick increase in the number of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) on our roads. 
This in turn has also resulted in an increased demand on the National Grid’s electrical supply, and these new regulations are designed to help cope with the increased demand. 

What’s Changing? 

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

This feature will also support 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 battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) charging time varies according to each driver, their own lifestyle and the vehicle usage, this may not fit with your own operations requirements. The pre-implemented default settings may be able to be overridden directly and if this is something of interest to yourself, CPC’s Electrical Vehicle Charging Point framework suppliers will be able to support. 


Randomised Delays 

New Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) 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.  

This means you may experience your  charging session not starting at the exact scheduled time and should take this into account when checking the charging status.  
Again, you may be able to skip the randomised delay and the CPC framework approved suppliers will be able to support with this request. 

Both of these changes have come into place from the 30th of June 2022. 

Should you be looking to install new Electric Vehicle Charging Points or upgrade your current Electric Charging Point offering, more information about the framework can be seen on our  Electric Vehicle Charging Point framework webpage.  

CPC advises members to use the  CPC Quote Tool  to assist in efficiently running your tender.  The CPC Quote Tool allows you to send your tender documentation   to all the suppliers on your chosen lot in one go, set a deadline for tender returns and provides an audit trail of the process. 

Should you have any questions please contact Myles Woodman, Senior Procurement Officer via email  [email protected]  or on 0161 974 0945. 

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