Automated and Electric Vehicles Act

Automated and Electric Vehicles Act

Automated and Electric Vehicles Act

The UK took a major step in its electric vehicle revolution on 19 July 2018 when the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act passed through Parliament.

The act is a significant step towards improving air quality, cutting carbon emissions.

The AEV Act will see a massive improvement in electric chargepoint availability; giving the government new powers to ensure motorway services re upgraded with plenty of points, and even allowing mayors to request installations at large fuel retailers in their areas.

The new laws will improve consumer confidence in charging their vehicles by

  • making sure that public chargepoints are compatible with all vehicles
  • standardising how they are paid for
  • setting standards for reliability

Roll Out of the Legislation

The secondary legislation and statutory instruments are yet to be delivered  the Part two of the act associated with charger points is anticipated to set the standards of charger types and billing arrangement.

Privately owned and operated chargers are anticipated to need to be smart chargers which are under the control of the electricity distribution organisation so that it can decide how much power can be made available to the chargers currently in use, and to decide specific times that power will be supplied. This is to avoid excessive demand from car charging at peak periods, and to provide car charging specifically at slack periods such as the early hours of the morning. 

The requirement for charging points are now becoming a common planning condition and there are considered to be significant reference to the provision in the 2018 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.