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New Laws For EV Home Chargers

December 30, 2022

By Paul Homewood



New laws designed to help electric car drivers charge their vehicles at home will be introduced today (December 30). The latest Schedule 1: Security compliance regulations aim to cover cybersecurity of home charging devices.

The new regulations hope to ensure that any charge point should provide appropriate protection to the electricity system. They also aim to protect the relevant charge point and the personal data of the owner, reports The Express.

From tomorrow (New Year’s Eve), any installers wishing to fit non-compliant EV chargers will have to seek approval from the Office for Product Safety and Standards. In a bid to protect people’s personal data, owners must ensure that the charge point has a unique passport and is not set by them.

The Government says that charge points must have smart functionality in order to comply with the new regulations. This includes the ability to send and receive information and the ability to respond to signals to increase the rate or time at which electricity flows through the charge point.

It should also have a measuring system, to calculate the electricity imported or exported and the time the charging lasts. This information must be visible to the owner.

Smart chargers allow drivers to select when they can charge their car to ensure it has sufficient energy levels for when they need it. This is useful if they have an EV-friendly home tariff, allowing them to save hundreds of pounds per year.

David Watson, CEO of Ohme (one of the UK’s largest home EV charge providers), said: “Whether you’re an electric vehicle driver looking to buy a new smart charger, an electrical retailer offering them for sale or an installer, from the end of this year all new EV chargers are legally-bound to meet these regulations.


The idea that these new regulations are aimed at protecting personal data is absurd. The only reason they are being introduced is that the Grid can dictate when EVs can charge up, and for how long.

“This includes the ability to send and receive information and the ability to respond to signals to increase the rate or time at which electricity flows through the charge point.”

  1. December 30, 2022 10:40 am

    And they will also decide when the grid is going to take the power from your battery car to help stop it collapsing.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 30, 2022 11:41 am

      That is a feature for which you have to pay extra.. Shpuld you opt for the extra electronics you will be paid a premium for the discharges, funded by the rest of us. Whether it is adequate to compensate for consequent reduced battery life may take a couple of years to find out.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        December 30, 2022 2:56 pm

        I have my doubts as to whether the government has really thought his through. There’s questions on VAT, tax on income and on compensation if you thought you had a charged EV only to discover it’s been drained and you can’t do what you need to do. And a “premium” to what? If you then need to charge at peak prices, how do you benefit?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:10 pm

        “I have my doubts as to whether the government has really thought his through”

        I don’t, they didn’t.

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      December 30, 2022 11:46 am

      Only the beginning. With the introduction of ‘Smart’ Cities the controller’s will be able to over-ride the driver. Thus gaining absolute control of the vehicle.
      Lessons to be learnt ? Yes, hang on to cash as a means of tender in our society. If all payments are made electronically then our independence will end.
      Look forward to a bright new year/ future while we still have a choice.

      • alexei permalink
        December 30, 2022 4:30 pm

        The key word seems to be SMART and everything Smart should be avoided if possible, as it’s the key to tracking you.

        Dec 20, 2022News release. HM Treasury (HMT) and the Bank of England (the Bank) have today announced the next steps on the exploration of a UK Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). CBDC would be a new form of digital money issued by the Bank of England and for use by households and businesses for their everyday payments needs.

    • In The Real World permalink
      December 30, 2022 6:21 pm

      At the moment , with less than 2% of vehicles being battery EVs , there are frequent power cuts around the country . Usually explained as maintenance , cable faults , or some other such story, which cuts many hundreds or thousands of homes off for a few hours .
      But the fact is , there is not enough generation capacity for the load on cold days .
      And if just 20% of all vehicles wanted to charge up at the same time , it would need 100% extra generation to cope .

      So the whole idea of smart meters is to stop battery cars charging , which might hide the obvious insanity of the whole idea and perhaps fool a few more people for a bit longer .

  2. December 30, 2022 10:44 am

    Big Brother can decide if you can use your today.

  3. GeoffB permalink
    December 30, 2022 10:45 am

    Big Brother is watching you!
    The likely outcome of all this is a mammoth increase in electricity theft, it is relatively easy to bypass existing metering systems and connect direct to the incoming wires. This will lead to overloaded domestic substations tripping out, literally a dark dystopian future awaits us!
    I also envisage charging “speakeasys” operated by criminals on industrial estates providing lower cost electricity for BEVs.

    • Mack permalink
      December 30, 2022 11:43 am

      Indeed Geoff, we can look forward to South African style grid larceny once our villains get their heads around the ‘opportunities’ available to them. Boom!

    • Jordan permalink
      December 30, 2022 2:43 pm

      @GeoffB It might be relatively easy to bypass meters, but electricity Licensees have ways to deal with it. In a sense, Big Brother really is watching you, but it is for your own benefit – the everyday law-abiding electricity consumer can do without the burden of parasitic electricity thieves.
      Licensed Distribution companies meter network consumption all the way down to the last transformer (e.g. supplying individual streets at 240volts). Consumption is continually reconciled with the aggregate of customer metered electricity.
      Electricity meter readings flow into the GB electricity settlement system (i.e. all electricity billed through a licensed Supplier). Smart meters will improve this as they report meter readings at half-hourly resolution, compared to the older meters which might only provide manual meter advances at around three-monthly intervals.
      There are known/estimable differences between network metered consumption (going in) and total metered volumes (Supplier billed amounts). These are due to electricity losses and other consumption, and can be taken account of. Any two-way meter flows (e.g. rooftop solar and now EVs) are required to be metered each way so net flows can be determined as evidence for accurate billed amounts (the taxman would not have it any other way).
      Having done all of the above, the Licensed Distributor can figure out where electricity theft is taking place to quickly narrow down an investigation.
      These activities are conditions of the Distribution License. These are to protect the public interest, property rights, rule of Law and such good things. (Sometimes that nasty old Big Brother is better than the alternative.)
      An example is cannabis growing. This takes a hell of a lot of heating when the unscrupulous among us try to do it locally in our northerly climes. Your typical cannabis grower will usually have a business plan based on stealing a lot of power. Guess who spots the anomalous meter readings and gets the investigation underway?

      • GeoffB permalink
        December 30, 2022 5:18 pm

        Sure there is a risk of getting caught. But it is going to happen, faced with unaffordable electricity, the need to keep warm and have transport, basically to survive, will override the risk. I would surmise some of the recent gas explosions are down to meter tampering.

      • Jordan permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:55 pm

        … or not having their boilers serviced.

      • I don't believe it! permalink
        December 31, 2022 12:10 am

        Love to know how the retail supplier, who is provided with the smart meter reading, passes that onto the regional distributor. And how about people who don’t have smart meters.
        You don’t need to have a smart meter if you have solar panels (unless the law has changed recently).
        And nominal voltage is 230v not 240v. But apart from that….

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        December 31, 2022 10:05 am

        No that is quite wrong on very many levels. Electricity theft is exceptionally hard to detect remotely and the systems you have mentioned would not do that in the real world.

      • December 31, 2022 8:16 pm

        I must disagree. There is a thing called telemetry that does just that–monitor remotely. The distribution line feeding individual meters is itself metered to determine if what leaves the transformer is getting billed through the connected meters. If it does not add up, you can bet the electron police will be investigating. Again, it is monitored remotely, via telephone lines. The individual smart meters talk to the “hub” or nexus meter–through the AC distributions lines–and the hub then reviews the data.

      • December 31, 2022 11:23 am


        that’s all well and good but the consumer on a non smart meter who has it bypassed will not show up on the monitoring equipment. I don’t know how many smart meters there are installed but from the media the plan of installation has fallen far short in number from that envisaged?

        Cannabis farms are not significant as they are few and far between with regard to the matter of detecting home electrical theft.

        I’m certain this crime is going to increase as people become more desparate even if it is only sporadic to get through a tight time. Another factor is that it is one thing knowing that an area is using more power than indicated from smart meter feedback quite another to accesss and find which ones are the culprits.

      • December 31, 2022 8:02 pm

        Many smart meter systems are coordinated through a meter on the local transformer that supplies several homes. If the usage on that line exceed what the individual meters show you can bet the electron police will be paying someone a visit.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        December 31, 2022 2:30 pm

        Most cannabis farmers are detected by thermal imaging from police helicopters. When I lived near Woking they were a right pain, circling low over an estate they regarded as a prime target at 1-2 in the morning. I know they busted more than 1 farm that way, including a traveller family who decided to take revenge by sabotaging the helicopter..

      • Gamecock permalink
        December 31, 2022 2:37 pm

        “Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

        C. S. Lewis

      • Jordan permalink
        December 31, 2022 9:15 pm

        @I don’t believe it! Suppliers and Distributors operate under license and do what their licence conditions say. On smart meters, half-hourly resolution makes it easier to detect anomalous consumption. Non-smart meters are not an obstacle to detection, bearing in mind electricity theft was an issue before the smart meter rollout. The difference is the lower resolution (typically 3 monthly meter advances) makes the detection of theft slower and more difficult.
        @Ray Sanders. I didn’t say detection of electricity theft is easy. But it’s not too hard either. The alternative is to NOT use the techniques I mentioned, resulting in more theft and higher bills for everybody. I assume that’s NOT what you want.
        @ Gamecock I am not tormented by attempts to reduce criminality. Likewise, I assume that’s not what you want. If you’d prefer everything to reduce to the wild west of unfettered free market behaviour, we could just do away with the police, the courts, the armed forces, and then property rights would be nothing more than a hypothetical ideal.

      • Gamecock permalink
        December 31, 2022 11:47 pm

        False dichotomy, Jordy.

        It is interesting that you are repulsed by freedom.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        January 1, 2023 10:18 am

        If he is guilty of the ‘false dichotomy ” Gamecock then what are the alternative techniques and measures available ? Did you notice he listed more than two ?]..Ironically you accused ‘ I dont believe it ” of aversion to freedom with its own implicit binary assumption .Much like that C.S Lewis quotation perhaps ‘ Gamecock ” thinks he appears more intelligent than he actually is dropping logical fallacies and quotes into a conversation thread with no consideration of their relevance

      • Jordan permalink
        January 1, 2023 10:29 am

        @Gamecock That’s just another example of your wearisome two-legs-bad ideological nonsense. It earns a big yawn from me.

      • Jordan permalink
        January 1, 2023 10:56 am

        @idau You might be right, so let’s just say the detection of a large unbilled increase in electricity consumption in a street (or any locality supplied by a metered network transformer) can help to point the helicopters in the right direction. It should have the twin benefits of less disturbance in the like of Woking, and it should save helicopter running costs.
        If half-hourly “smart” (yuk!) metering improves detection, then surely we can all acknowledge at least one positive impact of the rollout (among various pros and cons, as I acknowledged in another comment).
        I gave the example of cannabis farming as an interesting case. I did it because I thought people would be interested, and not to spark up a debate about cannabis farming. But electricity theft is not limited to cannabis farmers (whether they are rare or common), and I’m sure most of us can agree that we don’t want to pay higher bills to cover the resulting “bad debts” on the Supplier books when people steal electricity (although @Gamecock seems to be an exception).

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        January 1, 2023 12:30 pm

        I think it may be the other way around. Detection by thermal imaging can lead to adding in theft of electricity to the list of charges. If the police had reason to suspect a particular premises without having to send the helicopter up they would just raid it. Of course these days they probably don’t need the helicopter. Thermal imaging drones are much cheaper at £10k compared with £5m plus highly trained pilots.

        Recently I did see an electricity helicopter checking the integrity of power lines (and for risk from trees etc.), so that hasn’t all moved to drones yet.

      • Jordan permalink
        January 1, 2023 4:44 pm

        @idau “I think it may be the other way around.”
        Maybe. It makes sense the police would contact the local Licensed Distributer to ask “haven’t you noticed any evidence of electricity theft?” But there us a much, much more likely scenario to consider.
        Electricity Licensees constantly carry out activities aimed at detecting energy theft. We can call this good corporate governance, although these activities operate under codes to set standards and other things (link below).
        You can imagine how experienced Electricity Licensees will be in detecting, investigating and prosecuting electricity theft. They have a pretty good idea of what cannabis growing looks like in terms of stolen electricity. Those warm, radiating buildings you mention don’t come cheaply!
        When a Licensee has detected electricity theft consistent with what they’d expect from cannabis growing (even before pinpointing a suspect), it’s not a huge leap to suggest they have a common law duty to alert the police as they hold evidence of criminal activity (beyond power theft itself).
        I’ll make this my last comment on this thread. (Schedule 7)

      • Gamecock permalink
        January 3, 2023 11:22 am

        ” Did you notice he listed more than two ?”

        These are not alternatives. They are a list of tyrannies.

        Jordan proposes tyranny as the only alternative to anarchy. And it’s for your own good.

  4. Devoncamel permalink
    December 30, 2022 10:45 am

    There can be no doubt what’s behind the EV policy. Our lives will be controlled and any dissent is effectively silenced. Powerful elites will of course be immune and our stupid third rate politicians cannot or will not admit what’s happening. Sinister operators like Khan are the exception, he’s read the room for cynical political advantage and will be all over this.
    Who will stand up ?

  5. magesox permalink
    December 30, 2022 10:46 am

    Yep, this is all about totalitarian control of your lifestyle and, in this particular instance, an ability to stop you using electricity when and how you want it. Smart meters and their ability to control your usage even down to specific uses are essential to this – hence why the government has been pushing so hard for this. The other aspect, of course, is that our masters (all parties) have finally worked out that net zero means not enough electricity in the grid for existing (leave alone net zero enhanced) uses on a fairly regular basis. This means power cuts will be necessary and it’s a whole lot pleasanter to cut specific usages across swathes of the nation rather than blanket regional power cuts, 1970s style, when your entire supply gets cut off.

    • lefallois permalink
      December 30, 2022 10:52 am

      You will own nothing, have no privacy, and be happy.

  6. Martin Brumby permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:05 am

    Also, ability to respond to signals to draw down the EV battery charge when those even more important need it elsewhere?

  7. David A permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:24 am

    Frankly, unless you intend to never drive more than 25 miles from home, you would be very unwise, if not bonkers, to buy an electric vehicle. The situation for those who own one already is only going to get very much worse, very soon and for many well-known reasons.

  8. John H permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:24 am

    George Orwell was right.

  9. 2hmp permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:25 am

    Yet another level of anxiety introduced into running an EV.

  10. December 30, 2022 11:55 am

    ” The only reason they are being introduced is that the Grid can dictate when EVs can charge up, and for how long ” …….. and so that the electricity used can be taxed at a “special” rate.

  11. Ben Vorlich permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:58 am

    We gave up our freedoms and rights willingly
    The epitaph of modern civilisation

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:58 am

    I think Andrew Mountford is missing the degree to which the various items are funded by subsidies. The subsidy on VED and P11D tax wipes out the alleged annual savings if running an EV. Pushing more wind and solar generation would certainly have involved a lot more subsidy, and higher prices for consumers to pay for it.

  13. December 30, 2022 12:04 pm

    “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve got EV?”

    Easy, with “smart” technology…..just turn off their chargers.

  14. Joe Public permalink
    December 30, 2022 12:09 pm

    “The Government says that charge points must have smart functionality in order to comply with the new regulations. This includes the ability to send and receive information and the ability to respond to signals to increase the rate or time at which electricity flows through the charge point.”


    Surely that should be decrease?? The greatest concern of our grid operator/balancer is to be able to automatically shed load as necessary.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 30, 2022 2:58 pm

      Increase from the baseline assumption of zero. You have to learn to think like a civil servant.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 30, 2022 5:57 pm

      The rate of flow may be in the reverse direction. Or maybe they might be trying to bury a wind surplus. We’ve had those overnight for the past few days. The optimal charge rate for your battery may not like too regular fast charging though.

  15. Gamecock permalink
    December 30, 2022 12:11 pm

    Is this the same government that is trying to increase EV sales?

    ‘New laws designed to help electric car drivers charge their vehicles at home’

    If you didn’t laugh . . . .

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 30, 2022 2:59 pm

      They actually think new laws and regulations help people do things.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:13 pm

        “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help!”

    • liardetg permalink
      December 31, 2022 2:40 pm

      Did I not see that the £350 subsidy for installing a home EVcharger is being removed in March? As a taxpayer I’m delighted. And I don’t have any Tesla share.

  16. Chris Phillips permalink
    December 30, 2022 12:12 pm

    The opening statement that this new law is “to help electric car drivers to charge their vehicle at home” is clearly shown as not true by the rest of the article. As someone else has said it’s all about control of when cars can be charged, so they can be turned off when the inevitable pressure on the grid arises during cold windless spells. Good luck in that case if you’re relying on an overnight charge before a long journey!

    • T Walker permalink
      December 30, 2022 1:50 pm

      Or maybe any journey Chris?!

  17. December 30, 2022 12:24 pm

    How delightful that they’re calling them ‘Smart Chargers’ just like Smart Meters, for everyone who isn’t smart.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 30, 2022 2:11 pm

      So you will charge your Smart Car through the Smart Charger controlled by your Smart Phone and the Smart Meter and run out of electrons on the Smart motorway…

      That’s progress!

      • Dave Ward permalink
        December 30, 2022 4:05 pm

        I have none of the first 4, and have no intention of going anywhere near a “Smart” motorway. How much longer I’ll be able to hold out is another matter…

      • Gamecock permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:20 pm

        And your Smart Refrigerator will get you back to drinking warm beer.

      • dave permalink
        December 31, 2022 5:15 pm

        And your Smart Refrigerator will getting you back to drinking warm beer.”

        Hello Salmonella, my old friend! (to tune of Simon and Garfunkel)

  18. wheewiz permalink
    December 30, 2022 1:06 pm

    I suspect the main effect of the new chargers and regs. will be to increase costs for EV drivers ?

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 30, 2022 2:12 pm

      They’ll have to recoup the fuel tax losses somewhere.

      Surprising how few of the EV buyers seem to have worked that out yet.

      • December 30, 2022 2:23 pm

        If EV drivers paid £1000 a year for excise and fuel duty they might realise there is no such thing as a free ride

  19. December 30, 2022 1:54 pm

    We all remember the market distortions caused by Government ‘advice’ that diesel was “better for the environment” than petrol. Similar distortions are being caused by the advice that EVs “save the planet” and now their costs will be increased further by VED and other plans already in the pipeline to replenish the consequent loss of tax revenues.

  20. Gamecock permalink
    December 30, 2022 2:10 pm

    New Laws Against EV Home Chargers

    Fixed it.

  21. Ray Sanders permalink
    December 30, 2022 2:54 pm

    I predict syngas generators and methanol stills for the future.
    A humorous take on syngas from Colin Furze – but it did work.

    And if you want Indy 500 performance go for methanol.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 30, 2022 6:07 pm

      Interesting stuff, methanol.

      Used in my JAP-engined grass bike long ago.

      It enables very high compression ratios – 15:1 is normal and likes to be run several hundred percent rich which means an eighth inch+ main jet, stinks of formaldehyde when running due to partial combustion at such rich mixture and on a cold day you have to wrap sacks round the head and barrel in the paddock to get it warm enough to run properly, and if it runs weak due to getting low on fuel in the tank it burns a hole in the piston in fractions of a second.

      But if it’s all running right it is ferociously powerful, takes a grass or speedway bike from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, not bad for something that looks like it’s contemporary with Noah’s Ark!

      Note no gears – not even neutral, no brakes just a clutch and throttle and it only steers right sideways.

      Those were the days!

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:31 pm

        The British Embassy chauffeur in Moscow was the ice speedway world champion. They iced over althletics running tracks in stadiums. 90 spikes per tyre maximum, up to 3″ long.

      • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
        December 31, 2022 11:57 am

        Brilliant ! Thanks for that Cat.

  22. Ray Sanders permalink
    December 30, 2022 3:03 pm

    I don’t know what everyone is getting upset about. Just buy a 5kW diesel generator and run it legally on Red Diesel (currently retailing at 99p per litre). At 80% load you will get over 4kwh per litre so about 25p per kWh and probably cheaper than even “low” tariff rates for mains. And charge your EV off it….simple…..oh wait is there a flaw in my logic!!!!!

  23. December 30, 2022 3:07 pm

    PROTECT personal data! Who are they kidding. A Smart charger will harvest your personal data and send it to the energy company, who will in turn provide that data to the government. A Smart charger will turn itself off when demand threatens to exceed supply on the ‘smart grid’; it may even DRAIN power from your battery overnight to supply power to the grid!

  24. Dave Fair permalink
    December 30, 2022 3:42 pm

    There will be a Western-worldwide run on expat Cuban auto life-extension mechanics.

    • John Brown permalink
      December 31, 2022 7:32 pm

      No point as they’ll just ban all ices.

      • Dave Fair permalink
        December 31, 2022 7:55 pm

        As experienced during my rare excursions into Saigon, the B-girls said it all: “Nebba happen, GI!” Governments can’t control black-markets.

        Even the authoritarian Soviet Union had to bow to human needs and allow black-markets to flourish. All do-gooder control schemes fail in the face of real human needs and wants. The wokester, cancel-culture movement will fail because it is anti-human. In the meantime it will be a huge pain in the ass and lead to all sorts of two-faced behaviors and societal inefficiencies.

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 30, 2022 6:01 pm

      ‘To protect households from the full impact of rising prices, we are acting now with a £37 billion package of financial support this year.’

      Millions of the most vulnerable households will also receive £1,200 of one-off support in total this year.’

      Spending more to fight rising prices. Brilliant!

  25. Stephen Lord permalink
    December 30, 2022 5:19 pm

    The goal is complete control. When everything is electric the government can shutoff power heat and transportation for any and all political opponents.

    • December 30, 2022 6:44 pm

      Thus forcing people off grid.

      • Stephen Lord permalink
        December 30, 2022 6:55 pm

        The wealthy can afford batteries but not the average person. The batteries are very flammable and the fire is hard to extinguish as lithium reacts with water to make hydrogen. Even expensive batteries are good for a few hours only. A generator has to be powered and when gasoline and diesel and natural gas are banned what do you use? We use wood for heat but we have 3/4 of an acre and live in So Cal which is pretty warm most of the time.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        December 31, 2022 12:24 am

        You don’t need electricity or gas to survive off grid.
        Oil lamps can use the citronella stuff that keeps bugs away from barbecues. An old house has a flue for a solid fuel stove which can be used for cooking. There is lots of camping equipment that can be utilised for cooking, heating and lighting.
        Not 20th century living but not the stoneage either

  26. Joel Leonard Hammer permalink
    December 30, 2022 7:13 pm

    I own a hybrid vehicle. The software already allows you to schedule when the car is charged. This is pure and simple government control. Why voters keep approving this stuff is puzzling. I guess they think the government is a benevolent entity.
    All this regulation is based on the assumption that the government is competent and honest. Anybody who thinks understands this is just a jobs program for useless eaters.
    BTW, not a word about what the impact of this will be on reducing atmospheric CO2 levels, which is the whole point of the exercise.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 30, 2022 7:28 pm

      “Why voters keep approving this stuff is puzzling.”

      We don’t.

      There were two major issues at the last GE, “getting Brexit done” and keeping Corbyn out.

      Everything else was small print and never discussed.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        December 30, 2022 10:11 pm

        Very true. The claims that “we” approved the other 99% in the Conservative manifesto is nonsense.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      December 30, 2022 11:48 pm

      Reducing atmospheric CO2? Why?

  27. December 30, 2022 8:58 pm

    Why anyone would pass up an hybrid for an EV is beyond me. Ev buyers lay out big $$$ only to have Brandon and ‘Lil Petey Buttbugerer, along with an overworked ISO tell them when and how much they can charge their expensive, pretentious–now unreliably chargeable–display of self-abuse. Wake up, EV people–you have been played.

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 31, 2022 4:44 pm

      Veblen goods.

      • December 31, 2022 7:39 pm

        Conspicuous consumption: and I thought I was the only guy to have read old Thorstein.

      • dave permalink
        January 2, 2023 9:03 am

        Conspicuous Consumption tends to precede eviction from the Capitalist Hotel (the coining of another old economist, of course).
        “A fool and his money are soon parted” and all that.

        The other extreme was summed up by a Cartoon in Punch in the 19th Century. A Scotsman arriving into Glasgow railway station is spotted by a friend.

        “Mac! Your soon back from London, then?”

        “Aye! I was there no more than an hour when Bang went Saxpence!”

  28. December 30, 2022 10:06 pm

    Tip : Every day next week 9am Radio4 Climate Activism series
    Doesn’t look impartial at all

    Rethink Climate shows with Amol Rajan
    1/5 Pledges and progress
    explores the tension between climate-change aspirations and achievements
    2/5 Behaviour and communication
    What lifestyle habits are we prepared to give up to stop climate change?
    3/5 Green economy, money and prosperity
    explores what moving to a green economy may mean for the way we live and work
    4/5 Green technology and innovation
    To what extent can technology mitigate the effects climate change?
    5/5 Leadership
    Are people with power doing enough to solve the climate crisis?

    Episode 1 of 5 of Pledges and progress

  29. Ian PRSY permalink
    December 30, 2022 11:22 pm

    Then there’s this:

    Not to worry, though, if there aren’t many charging points, because the idea (as expressed by an ex-Labour advisor on a discussion on battery cars) is that you stop using a car, so problem solved. Climate lockdown by stealth.

  30. December 31, 2022 6:08 am

    Buy a new or used petrol or diesel vehicle before it’s too late. EVs are nonsense on stilts. When you come to sell it after 70k miles a replacement battery will cost more than the car’s worth

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      December 31, 2022 4:32 pm

      That’s my plan for 2028 or 2029.

      Ineos Grenadier or Toyota HiLux

  31. ThinkingScientist permalink
    December 31, 2022 9:40 am

    Frank Turner lyrics from Sons of Liberty:

    “So if ever a man should ask you for your business or your name tell him to go and f*!k himself, tell his friends to do the same. Because a man who’d trade his liberty for a safe and dreamless sleep Doesn’t deserve the both of them, and neither shall he keep.”

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 31, 2022 1:18 pm

      When it comes to giving your name to anyone in authority, a chap I worked with really hated being stopped by the police because to answer their question would undoubtedly get him in trouble. His name? Guess.

  32. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 31, 2022 10:08 am

    As we all really start to suffer the designed consequences of the netzero climate scam, you can’t say the elites haven’t got a sense of humour.

    “Alok Sharma MP – for his contribution to combatting climate change through his leadership at COP26 and driving the UK to agree a historic agreement from individual countries that will have a major impact in addressing climate change in the future.”

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      December 31, 2022 10:10 am

      Made a Sir, for creating a disast-sir.

  33. Mad Mike permalink
    December 31, 2022 10:30 am

    An interesting article about EV battery fires. It seems London is more prone to these events than the rest of the country and buses have not escaped.

    I’d imagine EV chargers will mostly in owners’ garages so the house might be at risk not to mention the owners themselves. It seems that the problem is increasing but the article doesn’t say if that is due to greater numbers of EVs or if the batteries are more prone to catching fire with age. Either way we are going to see more of these fires.

    Some of these chargers have their own lithium battery pack so I guess these will be vulnerable too.

    • December 31, 2022 8:09 pm

      The article I read states in Great Britain it is illegal to charge an EV in any confined space due to fire hazard. The public chargers were removed from parking structures after said fires. EVs may only be charged out doors, whether residential or commercial, and each vehicle must be ten meters from the next for when these thing catch fire, as they are want to do. And once they be blazing there is NO means of extinguishing the fire–you just stand back, watch, and wait for it to burn itself out. Sign me up !

  34. December 31, 2022 12:26 pm

    Tip : The daily Radio4 climate sermon show doesn’t start until Monday
    but 12pm now R4 have another 30 min Greenblob advert
    about community heating schemes.
    I do support genuinely having less waste
    however such collective schemes often work out badly in practice
    vs individuals taking responsibility.
    eg all over the old Soviet block people have community heating schemes , but in practice you see them with their windows open in winter, cos that makes no difference to their heating bills

    Money Box : Heating the homes of the future
    How innovative projects are changing the way people heat their homes to bring bills down.
    – Swaffham Prior village heat network.
    – @energy_house2 Salford Uni project : 2 Barrett homes inside a lab to test climate stuff
    – Gateshead council warm mine water scheme “for council buildings, local college, The Sage as well as hundreds of homes.

    • December 31, 2022 7:59 pm

      The money box for heat is not a new idea. Dan Holohan writes about them used in England after The Big One. The money box was hooked to the gas meter so all gas was charged. If you wanted heat, hot water, or the cook stove you had to shove one pound coins into the slot. What was old is new again, I guess.

      • December 31, 2022 10:33 pm

        Que ? Money Box is just the name of the Radio4 show , cos its about money issues.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 31, 2022 10:50 pm

      Having lived on the top floor of a Soviet block of flats I can tell you that they were prone to overheating at times unless the weather was very cold. The only control was to crack open the window, as there were no radiator valves. Those on lower floors was much less lucky, as they got only what was left after the upper floors had been heated. They often needed to supplement with electric heating or using the gas cooker as a heat source.

  35. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 31, 2022 2:09 pm

    BBC dredges up Norfolk/Happisburgh coast erosion/climate connection YET AGAIN.
    Been rapidly eroding for centuries and they abandoned the defences.

  36. January 1, 2023 2:28 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  37. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 1, 2023 8:45 am

    Yet another unaccounted cost of net zero policies and ‘cheap’ renewables.
    This happened because the gov. was distracting from the rising energy bills caused by their net zero policies by blaming greedy supply companies, so they enabled small competitor companies to enter the market when they knew full well there was no excessive profits being made and insufficient profit margin for them to undercut the big players and succeed.

  38. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    January 1, 2023 4:07 pm

    The political row erupted after new financial figures revealed Bristol Energy posted official losses totalling £49.4million in the six years before the council finally admitted defeat and sold it.
    Ok this news item still smarts (pun intended) even one year later; it is probably the main reason this city threw out having an elected mayor.

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