What is smart charging for electric vehicles?
Smart charging points for electric vehicles are devices used by EV’s with built in smart functionality that can self-regulate how it delivers electricity to the vehicle. Much of the smart functionality related to smart chargepoints can happen automatically within the device, but ‘chargepoint operators’ can also take responsibility for remotely operating smart chargepoints.
A smart charge point, or a charge point operator, can send and receive ‘load signals’. The load signals may be triggered automatically from a number of sources. Triggers could be price signals from energy suppliers or carbon grid intensities.
Price signals will change when the EV charges to the cheapest time of day in line with system and network capacity pressures, and carbon grid signals will set charging times when the grid is operating with maximum renewables therefore minimising the carbon impact of the vehicle.
Smart chargers are now the charge point of choice by the UK government with grants available to incentivise and finance installations for homeowners and business. Beginning with a brief overview of the OLEV grant, we’ve covered 10 benefits to smart charging for electric vehicles.