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London’s Environment Strategy sets out an objective for developing smart, integrated energy systems utilising local and renewable resources. Furthermore, London’s new Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Delivery Plan identifies an explicit need to explore alternative and smart power supply options, such as battery storage, so that we can accelerate the rollout of charge points in the capital.
The Government has set out a series of proposals to maximise the use of smart charging technologies, which aims to support the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). These proposals are not directly comparable to the planning policies of the draft London Plan, which support the delivery of physical EV charging infrastructure, however, the use of smart charging technologies complements the Plan’s policies by helping to manage the impact of increased EV use (for example by shifting the demand for electricity out of peak hours).