Electric car charging stations will be set to shut down for NINE HOURS a day, fearing they will cause power outages if government hits its target to phase out petrol and diesel
- Government says electric car chargers should be turned off by default during peak hours
- Fear the impact of huge numbers of drivers connecting their cars at the same time
- Ministers urge to phase out diesel and petrol car sales by 2030
Charging stations for electric cars will be set to be turned off for nine hours a day, fearing they could cause power outages, with the government pushing the switch from diesel to petrol.
From May, each new charger will automatically stop working at ‘peak times’ to relieve pressure on the national electricity grid.
There is also a ‘random delay’ of up to 30 minutes if there is high demand from motorists.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps is said to be concerned that huge numbers of drivers will plug in their cars if they get home between 5pm and 7pm.
Auto experts said the measure would be a ‘nudge’ for motorists to consider charging vehicles during off-peak hours.
The government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, to help eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and reach the net emissions target by 2050.
From May, every new charger will automatically stop working at ‘peak times’ to relieve pressure on the national electricity grid
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be concerned that huge numbers of drivers will plug in their cars if they get home between 5 and 7pm
According to regulations filed with the World Trade Organization, new chargers in the home and workplace do not work from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. by default.
Owners can override the preset times to accommodate night workers and people with different schedules.
Public chargers and fast chargers, on highways and A-roads, are exempt.
The Commons Transport Select Committee called this summer to encourage owners to charge batteries ‘little but often’ to avoid power shortages.
According to the National Grid, electric cars will create an additional 18GW demand for power in the UK at peak times by 2050, according to the National Grid. That’s the equivalent of six nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point.
However, the actual increase in supply needed is likely to be less due to improvements in charging technology, and the 18GW figure is cited as the most ‘extreme’ scenario.
AA President Edmund King, who drives an electric vehicle, told the Sunday Times: “Sometimes people need a push to be smart and this push will save them money as electricity is cheaper during off-peak hours.
“The reality is that for most EV drivers, with off-street parking, it’s more efficient to charge while they’re sleeping anyway. This way, electric drivers can get electricity more cheaply.’
Last week, the government announced laws to ensure that electric car chargers are built into all new homes and offices, in a bid to increase the number.
Ministers have admitted that only about 500 plug-in points are installed each month – well below the 700 per day required by industry associations.
The government said last year it will pump £1.3bn to scale up the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points in homes, streets and highways in the UK.
This image contrasts the cost of buying and refueling electric cars with comparable cars that run on gasoline. The calculations are based on charging the cars with a three-prong domestic plug at an energy cost of 17.2 p/kWh – the UK average for 2020. The petrol cost is 126.9 p/litre – the latest average for unleaded petrol , according to the AA
EXPLAINED: THE UK’S NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET
A target set by the government in June 2019 requires the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May had announced the goal, saying the plans were ambitious but crucial to protecting the planet for future generations.
The move will require massive changes, such as more sustainable electricity generation, phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035, and a 20 percent reduction in beef and lamb consumption.
“The UK has sparked the industrial revolution, which has been responsible for economic growth around the world, but also increasing emissions,” said Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore at the time.
“We are once again leading the way in the world by becoming the first major economy to pass new laws to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, while remaining committed to growing the economy – and putting clean growth at the heart of our modern economy.” industrial strategy.’
Net zero means that all emissions are offset by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology such as carbon capture and storage.