The AGL Electric Vehicle Orchestration Trial project is a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) charging orchestration trial comprising 300 EVs across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
The AGL Electric Vehicle Orchestration Trial project acknowledges that the central scenario of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2020 Integrated System Plan assumes that there will be 2.2 million EVs in the National Electricity Market by 2034-35. This increased uptake of EVs has the potential to be a significant challenge for the electricity supply system if not managed carefully. This project aims to accelerate the development of EV charging management and orchestration to realise benefits for customers and the electricity supply system whilst ensuring impacts on the electricity grid are minimised.
The AGL Electric Vehicle Orchestration Trial project will investigate three technical solutions for managing EV battery charging, each with differing maturity and complexity, via an EV charging orchestration platform. 300 residential participants will deploy the following EV charging technologies:
- Smart Chargers: 200 EVs with charging managed by smart EV charger hardware
- Vehicle to Grid (V2G) Chargers: 50 EVs with managed charge and discharge capability using V2G charger hardware
- Vehicle Application Programming Interface (API): 50 EVs with charging controlled via an API link directly to the vehicle.
The project will inform retailers, customers, distribution network service providers, regulators, the vehicle industry, charger manufacturers and other industry stakeholders of the potential of EV charging orchestration and how the benefits can be recognised and valued. The project will also provide detailed insights into customer behaviour to inform how best to maximise customer participation and customer value, and will materially advance the preparedness of the energy industry to be able to integrate large numbers of EVs in the future.
After a cautious start, Australians are buying electric vehicles in growing numbers as manufacturers release more models to the Australian market.