Great Britain is restricting charging times for e-vehicles

According to a statement by the English newspaper “Times”, Great Britain wants to deactivate private home charging stations remotely for nine hours a day every weekday from May 2022, thereby reducing charging times for e-vehicles. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the afternoon or evening, electric vehicles can no longer be charged. There is an acute lack of electricity in Great Britain due to a prolonged lull in winds. Therefore, the British network operators fear a complete collapse of the local networks if too many electric cars charge at the same time.

Great Britain is restricting charging times for e-vehicles due to an acute lack of electricity. Similar bills already exist in Germany.

Great Britain is restricting charging times for e-vehicles

According to the Times, there are just 300,000 electric cars in the UK. However, the government does not want to allow petrol and diesel vehicles for sale from 2030 onwards. But serious supply problems are already emerging. It is more than questionable whether the goal can be maintained. The “Daily Mail” has determined that the UK will need an additional electricity demand of 18 GW at peak times by 2050, when the sale of combustion engines is no longer permitted from 2030 onwards. This would correspond to an output of six additional nuclear power plants.


Charging is still possible during the night

How a corresponding limitation of the loading times actually affects is open. Most electric vehicles are very likely just second cars. These vehicles can still be charged after 10 p.m. without electricity rationing. Public charging stations and fast chargers on motorways should initially not be affected by the time restriction. However, the UK has a major problem with nationwide electricity supply. Due to the sharp decline in yield from wind power plants in the summer just ended and a lack of natural gas supplies, in Great Britain, as in Germany, more coal-fired power plants had to be connected to the grid again.

“Tip smoothing” already planned in Germany

A similar bill has already been drafted in Germany. However, neither party wanted to touch this issue before the election. Regardless of how the election for the new Bundestag ends and who will lead the new government as Chancellor, the issue of electricity supply will have to be at the top of the agenda after the election.

Months ago Peter Altmaiers spoke of “tip smoothing”. We reported on this in our article “Is there a threat to electricity consumption being limited?”. Paragraph 14a of the Energy Industry Act already regulates corresponding interventions to limit the consumption of electricity. It is planned to limit the consumption of electricity for private households through digital electricity meters. The grid purchase should be limited to a peak load of a maximum of 5 KW for households with more than 6000 KWh consumption per year. This then primarily applies to households with electric vehicles, heat pumps or night storage heaters. The basis for this is the report “Digitization of the energy transition” from the Federal Ministry of Economics.


The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has already complained: “What is called peak smoothing unfortunately means switching off for customers, if that comes it would be very bad for all owners of e-cars and the companies that are now launching e-cars on the market bring.”

Every fifth new car in Germany is an electric car

The purchase of electric vehicles is massively subsidized with tax revenues. The number of registered vehicles is constantly increasing. In the latest report by the Federal Motor Transport Authority, a total of 421,567 new vehicles with an electric drive (electric, plug-in, fuel cell) were registered in 2021. The number of electric vehicles sold rose sharply in the first half of 2022 as a result of government subsidies and the simultaneous increase in the price of gasoline and diesel. Where the electricity for charging these vehicles should come from if further nuclear and coal-fired power plants are switched off by the end of the year is completely open.

In the meantime, the gas storage facilities in Germany are also empty due to the prolonged lull in the wind. The gas-fired power plants, which therefore had to step in to stabilize the supply, consume enormous amounts of gas. With an early onset of winter with sharply falling temperatures, not only does the power supply collapse, but also the gas supply in Germany and probably all of Europe. It is already clear that with the agreed delivery quantities from Russia and Norway, the storage facilities can no longer be filled to the level required for supply for a severe winter.