Electric Vehicles: 5 points Energy Managers should consider when procuring chargepoints
Many organisations are now looking to install electric vehicle chargepoints at their business as part of achieving net zero targets, but what should energy managers look out for in the procurement process?
Vehicles are currently the UK’s largest source of emissions contributing to 34% of all emissions in 2019. With climate change and decarbonisation targets, the government announced that the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans will be banned from 2035.
As a result, the number of electric vehicles on UK roads is expected to vastly increase over the next 20 years, and by 2040 there could be 17 million electric vehicles in the UK. To accommodate this growth, the number of industrial and commercial electric vehicle charging sockets could reach 1-3 million by 2040.
We have compiled our top five important points that an energy manager should consider when your organisation starts thinking about installing electric vehicle chargepoints.
Where chargepoints are installed behind the main import meter, it can be difficult to monitor your site’s electricity consumption accurately and effectively. Existing charging solutions do not allow energy managers to easily visualise site electricity consumption separate from your electric vehicle charging consumption.
Without knowing what is being consumed, it can be difficult to implement effective measures to make energy savings. As energy managers are highly likely to be targeted to reduce site consumption, they will require this disaggregation.
MID-approved metering within chargepoints protects the consumer by providing increased assurance of accuracy and reliability for billing purposes. Many chargepoints in the market currently do not have MID-approved meters.
There are ongoing consultations around the standardisation of metering requirements of electric vehicle chargepoints, which is likely to change over the coming years.
It is also important to ensure that as an organisation, the energy manager has access to accurate EV consumption data that can be incorporated into existing energy management platforms, such as Stark ID, which will allow them to visualise their whole portfolio of electric vehicle chargepoint data in one location and alongside their other utilities.
It is vital that an organisation’s energy manager is involved in the procurement decision, to ensure the energy data requirements are met with the chosen solution.
The installation of electric vehicle chargepoints at your sites will result in an increased electricity demand, so previous energy reduction targets may therefore need to be adjusted to incorporate this increased demand. Electric vehicle charging may also affect site consumption profiles, which should be monitored to ensure existing supply capacity is not exceeded.
With this in mind, organisations may want to invest in chargepoints with smart charging functionality, such as load balancing capabilities to prevent over-capacity, or integration with existing on-site generation. Additionally, it may be worth reviewing your supplier tariffs, ensuring the best rates for the times the chargepoints are typically used.
When selecting your hardware solution, one thing to consider is interoperability. This is important as this allows you the freedom to switch chargepoint operator in the future. Some chargepoints in the market currently do not allow other operators to integrate with their existing hardware.
Stark is currently developing an an end-to-end electric vehicle charging and data service proposition that is scheduled for market launch in 2020.
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 Internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans will be banned from 2035.
 The number of industrial and commercial electric vehicle charging sockets could reach 1-3 million by 2040.