EV charging: Driver education needed

Published:  30 November, 2021

Legislating for the Installation EV charge-points on all new homes and other buildings is only half-a-step, EV battery warranty provider Altelium has warned, as drivers need to be taught how to charge them properly to avoid damaging the batteries too.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the measure at the CBI Annual Conference last week, where he said: “We will require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points, with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.”

The new rules come into force from 2022.

Pointing out the need for more driver education, Ed Grimston, joint MD of Altelium said: “Now the public must be taught how to charge their car batteries in the correct way. The life of a battery can vary by up to 400% according to how it is charged, and the public must be helped to understand this to avoid enormous waste.

“Few car owners are aware that electric cars have different battery chemistries, which affects how they should be charged to optimise their lifespan. Altelium provides insured warranties on electric batteries to complement the battery manufacturers’ warranties, and has a vast database of battery information, enhanced with AI and triangulated with real life testing of laboratory battery twins.”

Ed added: “We know that EV battery life span varies enormously according to their chemistry and charging history. Along with the new physical infrastructure we need a new public awareness programme.”

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