British network operators to cut red tape for electric vehicles


Britain’s distribution network operators have committed to removing the application and administrative hurdles surrounding the connection of electric vehicles and charging point installations across England, Scotland and Wales.

New reforms by the network providers will see the introduction of a new standardised process across all property types, with commercial properties included in reforms for the first time.

Plans are being made to digitise the process entirely, with technology such as facial recognition included to further simplify and accelerate the process.

The new processes are envisioned to facilitate an increase in the number of EV charging points being installed.

Recent predictions by Deloitte have forecast that price parity between electric and conventionally-fuelled vehicles is expected in the next five years, whilst the rate of development of EV infrastructure came under heavy criticism in a report from the UK House of Commons. The report called for an acceleration in both infrastructure and EV sales targets with
100% of new vehicle sales to be electric by as soon as 2032. .

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) which represents the DNOs, said: “We want to help super-charge 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 DNOs’ move has been praised by stakeholders in the industry, lauding it as a significant step forward in the transition to electric vehicles.

Ian Johnston, CEO of the EV charging company Engenie, said: “Today’s announcement represents a significant step forward in simplifying the roll out of rapid EV charging infrastructure. However, it remains just one piece of the EV jigsaw.’