Grid operators move to cut EV charging point bottlenecks


Electricity network operators aim to reduce the time it takes to connect electric vehicle charging points to the local grid.

Industry body the Energy Networks Association (ENA) says its new, standardised process will enable more mass rollouts for all types of business and households, including commercial properties.

The streamlined process, which stops installers having to wade through different forms and requirements in different regions, also covers the process for connecting heat pumps to distribution networks. The ENA said it will significantly reduce paperwork.

The move will be welcomed by charging infrastructure providers who have complained the current convoluted process can be like “playing battleships” with DNOs.

ENA chief executive David Smith said the industry wanted to speed decarbonisation of heat and transport, but had to ensure networks have sufficient visibility of new demand coming on to the system in order to keep it running smoothly.

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  1. Today’s announcement represents a significant step forward in simplifying the roll out of rapid EV charging infrastructure. However, it remains just one piece of the EV jigsaw.

    The government in particular is failing to match its own rhetoric to truly embrace the EV revolution. It must show leadership and use consumer policy, clever regulation and significant funding to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, pollutant free transport system.


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