EV drivers invited to take part in grid charging trial

A project to trial smart charging solutions between domestic charge points and the local networks has been launched in the UK. It is seeking betwen 500 to 700 electric vehicle […]

A project to trial smart charging solutions between domestic charge points and the local networks has been launched in the UK.

It is seeking betwen 500 to 700 electric vehicle (EV) owners or those buying or leasing EVs to be part of the trial.

The project aims to boost the use of EVs in the country by avoiding the cost and disruption that upgrading electricity infrastructures brings.

The Electric Nation project will take place in the Western Power Distribution (WPD) areas in the South West, South Wales, West and East Midlands.

It is the customer facing brand of CarConnect, a Western Power Distribution and Network Innovation Allowance funded project.

They believe the electricity grid has sufficient capacity to deliver power to EVs, however if clusters of EVs develop in local areas and they’re all charged at peak times, then some local electricity networks may be overloaded.

The findings of the trial will help electricity network operators manage the effects of the additional load caused by charging EVs on the local electricity network whilst allowing the growth of EVs.

Ben Godfrey, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer at WPD, said: “The Electric Nation project will provide the data and the real-life experience to enable us to introduce smart charging to manage potential capacity issues due to clusters of EVs charging at peak times. This is predicted to save around £2.2 billion as well as helping to avoid disruption to customers.”

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