Ofgem has published some guiding principles for businesses operating electric vehicle chargers and supplying consumers with power.
It outlines the challenges in interpreting current energy supply regulations, and what these mean in an EV context.
Currently, selling electricity amounts to the supply of electricity, which generally necessitates a supply licence, though there are some exemptions.
The supply licence rules, however, cover supply to premises, which vehicles are not, says Ofgem. Therefore, selling power to the end user, the EV driver, does not require a supply licence.
But the regulator does consider conveying power to the actual chargepoint is supply, so the chargepoint effectively comes under the definition of ‘premises’.
Given the number of parties involved in public and private charging points, the regulator notes things may get complex. So Ofgem’s Innovation Link lays out a series of scenarios around what applies and where.
However, it says parties should seek their own legal advice on interpretation of the rules, given supplying electricity without a licence is a criminal offence.
See details here.