A new system to hook up electric vehicles (EVs) with smart grid technologies is to be trialled in London.
The five-month project will look at cutting the impact of electric cars on the existing grid infrastructure and overcoming any barriers faced by the EV sector.
Electricity distributor UK Power Networks is working with POD Point, Smarter Grid Solutions and Imperial College London to test the ‘active network management’ system. It will briefly suspend the flow of electricity to selected EV charge points at peak times on the network while ensuring drivers still get enough charge. The smart control system is designed to have no noticeable impact on those using the charge points.
Smart systems will be needed in major cities when electricity begins to replace petrol and diesel as the main fuel source for transport. This will be essential in order to prevent the electricity system being overloaded by extra demand.
The project, which is backed by Ofgem’s Low Carbon London fund, is being trialled at three sites across the capital, including five public charge points in the City, 10 in Beckton and 50 of the most popular points in London.
Michael Clark, Programme Director for Low Carbon London said: “Success in these trials could reduce the cost and disruption associated with building new power infrastructure to support the expansion of EV charging systems, benefiting consumers across the country.”