Electric charging price transparency law introduced
Electric car owners can expect more transparent chargepoint pricing information, simpler payment methods and more reliable chargers after MPs approved new laws that they say will make charging an EV easier, quicker and more reliable.
Thew regulations promise to ensure prices across chargepoints are more transparent and easy to compare.
They also oblige a ‘large proportion’ of new public chargepoints to offer contactless payment options, rather than forcing motorists to download a smartphone app.
Chargepoint operators will be obliged to open up their data as well. This will allow EV drivers to more easily find a suitable chargepoint through apps, online maps and in-car software.
It will also allow motorists to check charging speeds – and see whether they are working and available for use.
"Over time, these new regulations will improve EV charging for millions of drivers, helping them find the chargepoints they want, proving price transparency so that they can compare the cost of different charging options, and updating payment methods," says technology and decarbonisation minister Jesse Norman.
The Department for Transport says the new regulations will make the switch to electric easier than ever and adds motorists will be able to contact free 24/7 helplines to report any issues accessing public UK chargepoints.
"As the rollout of charging infrastructure gathers momentum, these regulations will ensure quality and help put consumers’ needs at the heart of this transition," says James Court, CEO of lobby group the Electric Vehicle Association England.
The new regulations are part of a focus on speeding up the installation of EV chargepoints through the government's 'Plan for Drivers'. This includes reviewing the current grid connection process, so companies can more easily connect new chargers.
There is also a £381m Local EV Infrastruture fund to improve chargepoint rollout in local areas. Applications for the first round of funding are now open.