- Lead Organisation
Origin Energy LtdLocation
Australian Capital TerritoryARENA Program
New South Wales
28 July 2020
1 September 2023
- Project PartnersUnited Energy Distribution, Ausgrid Operator Partnership, Nissan Motor Co. (Australia), Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Custom Service Leasing, Schneider Electric (Australia), GreenFlux Assets B.V
A large-scale trial to demonstrate the use of smart chargers to manage residential and fleet electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The Origin Energy Electric Vehicles Smart Charging Trial acknowledges that as the uptake of EVs increases, it will be important to manage and orchestrate vehicle charging to avoid potentially costly impacts on peak demand, associated network charges and grid security issues. Large-scale trials to demonstrate charge management, understand the economics, and consumer reactions have not been undertaken in Australia.
Origin will provide and install 150 free smart chargers to incentivise new and existing EV owners to participate in the trial. The smart chargers will be installed across residential, commercial and industrial premises of EV owners and fleets, where they will be remotely monitored and controlled via software. Origin will initially monitor charging behaviour when not controlled and then run tests to develop and refine offerings that could support the business case and path to commercialisation for smart charging infrastructure. The smart chargers will also be integrated into Origin’s existing platform for managing distributed energy.
The Origin Energy Electric Vehicles Smart Charging Trial seeks to understand the benefits of and barriers to controlled smart charging, including improving our understanding of EV driver behaviour, willingness to accept third party control and what incentives are needed to encourage future participation in charge management programs.
After a cautious start, Australians are buying electric vehicles in growing numbers as manufacturers release more models to the Australian market.