Smart EV - what the law says



As time passes we are gradually or rather, rapidly seeing the surge in electric vehicles on our roads, this as popularity of the vehicles available grows and also as more businesses and even individuals look to go green ahead of the UK’s Net Zero goals. 2030 is set to be a time where there are no further ICV being sold and to 2050, where the goal is to have no ICV’s on our roads at all.


Not too long ago we did a post looking at if the UK government’s Net Zero goals are realistic or if they are a bit too hopeful/optimistic rather than realistic. Regardless of whichever side you lean towards, net zero is coming and we will all have to fully adapt to the ever changing rules in place sooner than later.


One of the rules in place around electric vehicles is how they are charged, again we touched upon the need for more charging points not too long ago with various reports indicating that there was/is a shortage in charging points compared to the already growing numbers of EV’s on the road.


What we are talking about today though, is the changes in legislation when it comes to Smart EV charging. In recent months there have been some changes brought forward regarding the guidelines for Smart EV charging.



What are the regulations for smart charge points?


All smart charging stations should adhere to these standards. The key parts of the established guidelines are listed below.


Smart performance


Smart functionality, which enables the provision of side response services and a communication network to send and receive information, must be included in the pertinent charging points. To respond to information and other signals, it can also alter the power supply.


Cutting-edge software


Software that can be updated using cryptographic safeguards must be included in the charging station. The system is shielded from cyberattacks by this software, which also often checks for security upgrades. The program must also be able to verify the authenticity and integrity of the updates.



Communications


Every charging point needs to have strong security measures in place and have the ability to send encrypted communications. The charging points must be adequately protected from physical harm according to the requirements. The point specifically ought to be built with a tamper-proof border that notifies the owner of a breach.


Secure charging points


A security log or electronic record must also be present at relevant charge points that documents efforts to: Breach the tamper protection boundary Gain access or tamper with relevant charge points.



Regulatory Guidelines


Charging stations need paperwork demonstrating that they are compliant with legal standards. Along with reporting procedures, the material should also demonstrate anticipated issues or problems. Additionally, it should outline the timeframe for software upgrades, provide instructions for setting up the charging station to guarantee security, and provide assistance for erasing personal data.


In addition, the charging station must be set up so that its default charging times are outside of peak hours (8 am-11 am weekday and 4 pm to 10 pm weekend).


The smart features must remain working even if the power provider changes.


The owner is required to keep a record of charge point sales for the previous 10 years.




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