A new bill has been proposed to standardise charging across the industry.
Charging is a contentious point for electric cars and one that is preventing certain motorists from making the switch.
There are a few issues with charging including the infrastructure not being up to par, the long times it takes to charge and the various different ports.
Different car manufacturers are using various charging ports which makes it difficult for motorists to charge their vehicle.
With the infrastructure not being up to par yet, it adds in another boundary against electric car ownership.
The parliamentary motion by Bill Wiggin MP, to introduce the Electric Vehicles (Standardised Recharging) Bill to the House of Commons (Tuesday 20 November).
The Bill aims to make provision for standardised payment for charging and vehicle connectors.
In the motion, Bill Wiggin MP pointed out that there is a range of methods for starting and paying for a vehicle charge at public charging points while chargers have a variety of different connectors that are not all compatible with all cars.
The AA has described the update as a ‘breath of fresh air’ in a complex market.
Edmund King, AA President said: “This is a welcome move and a breath of fresh air.
“The development of electric vehicles has brought with it a range of different charging standards and connectors.
“However there is already growing standardisation of connectors – the Type 2 connector is used on most car models for slow and home charging and just two different standards for fast charging.
“While it may make sense to have a single connection system the majority of charging stations across the UK and Europe have connectors to fit most cars.
“However how to pay for a charge at different charging stations can be baffling.
“Many charging networks require their own Apps or RFID cards which are necessary to start a charge.
“Some of these require a subscription; others require pre-loading with funds while some make a separate ‘connection charge’ as well as payment for the energy purchased.
“A few charging networks accept a contactless debit or credit card as well as a network RDID card and surely this is by far the simplest method.
“There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at a charger for which you don’t have the appropriate App and then spending time finding, installing, registering and perhaps loading with funds before you can plug in and charge – assuming your smartphone is itself charged and has a signal.
“Meanwhile the operator has retained your deposit and you may never use that charging network again.”
King points out that there is already the facility to create uniformity through the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 which enables regulations to be introduced on operators of public charging points to provide the means by which all vehicles can connect to such points and this Bill will enable that to happen.
“Across Europe there are hundreds of individual network operators which can present a challenge to anyone taking a grand European tour in an EV.
“But there are aggregated charging systems which simplify charging where just a single card, albeit available from a choice of different providers, gives access to thousands of public chargers.
“The apparent complexity of charging methods can be a disincentive to prospective EV buyers and, by simplifying charging methods, this Bill could remove a barrier to adoption.
“Drivers simply want to fill their car’s battery with energy as simply as filling a conventional car’s tank with petrol and pay for what they take.”
Published at Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:02:00 +0000