The UK Parliament has approved new regulations designed to improve electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, offering EV drivers greater transparency, easier payments, and more reliable charging points. These regulations also require charge point operators to share data, facilitating better access to charging station information. With the UK having reached over 50,000 public charging points and witnessing substantial growth in charging infrastructure
MPs have endorsed new regulations aimed at enhancing the electric vehicle (EV) charging experience for drivers in the UK. The measures focus on providing transparent pricing, simplified payment processes, and more reliable charge points for EV owners.
Under these regulations, charge point operators will be required to make their data accessible, making it easier for EV drivers to locate charging stations, assess their charging speeds, and determine their operational status via third-party apps, online maps, and in-vehicle software.
This development comes as the UK surpasses the milestone of 50,000 public charge points, with the 50,000th installation taking place in Weston-super-Mare at a service station operated by MFG EV Power. According to Zapmap’s quarterly statistics, the UK has witnessed a 68% increase in ultra-rapid charge points and a nearly 68% increase in slow chargers since September 2022.
Based on the current installation rates, Zapmap predicts that the UK will reach 100,000 charging devices by August 2025.
The UK’s Technology and decarbonisation Minister, Jesse Norman, emphasized that these regulations will significantly improve EV charging, making it easier for drivers to find charging points, compare pricing, and make payments. Furthermore, these measures aim to expedite the transition to electric vehicles, boost the economy, and support the UK’s 2035 decarbonization goals.
Once these regulations are enacted, drivers will also have access to free 24/7 helplines to address any issues they encounter while charging their vehicles on public roads.
James Court, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Association England, believes these regulations will mark a major step forward for EV drivers, enhancing reliability, pricing clarity, and payment processes, and positioning the UK as one of the best places for EV charging globally. As the EV charging infrastructure continues to expand, these regulations prioritize quality and prioritize consumer needs during the transition to electric vehicles.