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Reforms to help streamline EV chargepoint deployment

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has introduced a new standardised process that will cut the paperwork required for chargepoint installations.

The new process will cut the paperwork for chargepoint installations

The reforms announced by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) will enable more mass installations by chargepoint installers by introducing a new, standardised process for all types of properties and businesses, including, for the first time, commercial properties. As it stands, installers need to complete a range of different forms and meet different requirements in order to inform them of a new installation.

ENA chief executive David Smith said: “We want to help supercharge Britain’s EV roll-out. By finding new ways to cut the amount of paperwork, we are making it easier and quicker for EV charge points to connect to the network, helping the public make the switch to cleaner, greener transportation.”

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) welcomed the move. Daniel Brown, police manager and EV lead at the REA, commented: “What’s key now is to build on this process and for the networks to work towards an app-based system so installers and developers can get extremely rapid decisions on the maximum demand of a site and permissions, where appropriate, to connect. Others in the sector are starting to incorporate artificial intelligence and big data analytical solutions and this could be way to address this issue.

“If as anticipated the EV charging industry scales up significantly, meaning by the mid 2020s some stakeholders could be modelling several thousand home and workplace installations per week, the speed of processing enquiries and applications, and the creation of industry-led schemes to support consumer protection, will be key.”

EV charging company Engenie also said the announcement represents a significant step forward in simplifying the roll out of rapid EV charging infrastructure but said remains “just one piece of the EV jigsaw”.

CEO Ian Johnston added: “The Government in particular is failing to match its own rhetoric to truly embrace the EV revolution. It must show leadership and use consumer policy, clever regulation and significant funding to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, pollutant free transport system.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.