Nottingham City Council is proud to partner with Electric Nation to bring the biggest trial of its kind to Nottingham.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular on UK roads. The public charging points are increasingly more accessible with new models of cars being introduced with larger batteries and household EV charging stations. This is significantly minimising the perceptions and myths of EV ownership, now making them a preferred choice of vehicle.
Electric Nation is endeavouring to find approximately 500 – 700 individuals who wish to buy or lease an EV (including pure electric and plug-in hybrids). The trial involves participants to charge their vehicle at home using a free smart charger which monitors how and when the battery charges the EV. The findings of the trial will assist the electric network operators to manage the effect of extra load caused by charging EV’s on the local electricity grid.
The aims of Electric Nation are to:
- Increase understanding of the potential impact of charging variety of EV’s on the local electricity grid
- Investigate a smart charging system that may assist the local electricity network operators to manage car charging
- Investigate the acceptability to customers of delaying vehicle charging or altering the charging rate
Electric Nation is a new challenge but much needed as the growth of EV’s in the UK is expanding. The Electric Avenue project has proven that at least 30% of Great Britain’s low voltage networks will require investment by 2050 if the acquisition of electrified transport is widespread across the UK. This would represent a present day cost of approximately £2.2bn.
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