Electric vehiclesProject Origin Energy Electric Vehicles Smart Charging Trial
This report details lessons learnt from trial commencement in August 2020 to May 2021, and focuses on residential and commercial customer acquisition, installation and operation of chargers and baseline unmanaged charging behaviour.
EV adoption is expected to increase at a rapid pace both in Australia and globally. EVs can provide numerous operational and monetary benefits to customers as well as enabling the decarbonisation of the transportation and energy sectors. However, as EV adoption increases, EV charging will need to be managed to optimise for energy supply and demand, and grid capacity. EV smart charging can not only aid in managing grid load but can also enable customers to optimise charging based on the lowest cost.
Origin’s Smart Charging Trial (“the trial”) aims to gain insight into EV charging patterns and behaviours of residential and business customers and demonstrate the value created in managing EV charging to respond to signals from the energy markets.
Origin commenced the trial in August 2020 and has so far engaged with both residential and business participants. A total of 103 (70 residential and 33 business) smart chargers have been installed which has provided meaningful baseline charging data.