This is a residential electric vehicle (EV) managed charging trial involving 176 EVs in the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.
Electrifying the transport system has the potential to create numerous benefits for society as EVs are rolled out with increasing scale. To support the uptake of EVs, improve consumer convenience and use the existing electricity distribution network efficiently by avoiding expensive network augmentation, it may be beneficial to dynamically manage EV home charging by coordinating available network capacity in real time.
The project will recruit 176 EV owners across the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania to participate in the trial, with smart EV charging hardware or control boxes installed at each participant’s home. Jemena, AusNet Services, EvoEnergy, TasNetworks and United Energy will monitor the impact of these EVs on their networks and then take the lead role in efficiently managing the charge times of the vehicles. Participants will be sourced from the participating Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) (via social media and direct customer engagement), JET Charge (via its existing customer base) and EV manufacturers (at point of sale). This trial aims to be transparent and open with customer engagement across all networks with a single digital interface and communications platform.
The project partners will use the data and learnings collected to assess the impact of EVs on electricity networks and gauge the willingness of consumers to have their EV charging managed. These learnings will be critical to allow networks to better plan for increased numbers of EVs, both at lower costs and higher levels of convenience for consumers.
After a cautious start, Australians are buying electric vehicles in growing numbers as manufacturers release more models to the Australian market.