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Pod Point wall charger

Smart Pod Point wall charger

The Government has changed the funding criteria for EV chargepoint support.

Worth up to £500, from July 2019 all chargepoints must be ‘smart’, capable of being accessed remotely, and able to receive, interpret and react to a signal.

The Department of Transport is keen that smart charging will encourage off-peak charging, minimising draw on the grid during peak times. It says it will assist motorists in saving money, too.

Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, said:

“The Government wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle, and through leadership and innovation it is paving the way to a zero emission future.

“We have already supported the installation of over 100,000 home chargepoints. Now the measures announced today will give more people the opportunity to make the move to electric.”

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme has supported the delivery of domestic chargepoints since 2014 and delivered over 60,000 grants to date.

The government says this latest development in government funded smart chargers is the next step in its Road to Zero strategy.