Rising demand for electric vehicles worldwide is being driven by changes in consumer trends and behaviours – as well as government regulation designed to clean up our environment.
The increasing numbers of vehicles that use electricity highlighted a general lack of EV charger points.
This currently presents a problem. As the infrastructure that provides electricity to our homes and workplace is not changing quickly enough to meet this new demand, we must avoid overloading the supply network when pluging-in thousands of vehicles to charge.
The UK government has announced that any charge point that is eligible for the OLEV grant must be “smart” from 1st July 2019.
This means charge points must be controllable to help load balance the electricity supply network and prevent overload and permanent damage.
How does a company effectively develop competitive charge points whilst meeting customer demand, work gracefully with the existing power infrastructure and meet new regulatory requirements?
Fortunately technologies are available which can be applied to new and existing charge points. MantaRay is a smart charge point communications controller supporting both AC charge points and DC chargers using the latest communication standards.