Help electric car users charge responsibly

It will be increasingly important to encourage electric car owners to charge their vehicles responsibly and safely, according to a new industry guide to electric car infrastructure. Consumers will need […]

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By Vicky Ellis

It will be increasingly important to encourage electric car owners to charge their vehicles responsibly and safely, according to a new industry guide to electric car infrastructure.

Consumers will need to take care they limit the impact on the local electricity networks, says the UK’s electrical and manufacturing trade body BEAMA.

The UK Government reckons tens of thousands of electric vehicles will be on UK roads by 2015, jumping even more by 2020.

Electricity providers could offer charging “packages” to tempt customers, says BEAMA, such as a range of tariffs, pay as you go schemes or membership programmes.

Yselkla Farmer, coordinator of the BEAMA Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project said: “Encouraging service providers to include EV charging in a range of packages could help to provide the critical mass of consumers for EV infrastructure, and therefore its long-term maintenance and availability for use.

“The industry is moving at a very fast pace so we need to ensure that what is installed today provides a commercially viable business model for the long-term.”