My Electric Avenue helps to build a picture of electric car charging in 2030
My Electric Avenue is simulating patterns of electric car charging in 2030, and the project is now building up a picture of what this will look like. The results will allow energy companies to plan for such future scenarios, both in the UK and internationally.
Electric cars will be more commonplace by 2030 and there are likely to be more people recharging at the same time. The UK electricity grid as a whole has sufficient capacity for this demand. At a local level, My Electric Avenue is testing a technology that, if necessary, can manage the patterns of charging that are being predicted by the project.
Over 100 people, in different clusters around Britain, were recruited to My Electric Avenue’s technical trials in 2014, to drive an all-electric Nissan LEAF for 18 months and test the new technology that can control people’s charging. The project is now starting to analyse the data about people’s charging habits and the impact on the local electricity networks.
In addition to the data from the technology that controls the chargers, the University of Manchester is also analysing other data including that from Nissan’s CARWINGS system. Findings so far include that during weekdays, charging is more likely to be before and after work (morning and night peak), but during weekends it is more likely to be between 10am and 6pm. The data also shows that approximately 70% of the EVs are charged only once a day, and more than 65% of vehicles are charged until the battery is full.
As well as testing new technology, My Electric Avenue is also exploring the acceptance amongst electric vehicle drivers of direct control of their charging. Of course Nissan LEAF owners can already control their own charging by pre-programming when they want their car to charge. Ideally charging would be set for off-peak times, such as between midnight and 6am. By doing this, electric cars can help to balance out the peaks and troughs of electricity demand during a 24-hour period, as well as potentially making it even cheaper to run an electric car.
My Electric Avenue, an Ofgem-supported project, is being delivered by EA Technology. Other My Electric Avenue project partners are Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited (SSEPD) (the host Distribution Network Operator, or DNO), Nissan (EV supplier), Fleetdrive Electric (EV rental programme management), Zero Carbon Futures (charging point network developer) and Northern Powergrid (participating DNO).
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The My Electric Avenue Project was delivered between January 2013 and December 2015 by EA Technology on behalf of Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) as part of the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund suite of innovation projects. As the Project is now complete, this webpage will no longer be updated, however you can learn more about the work undertaken by EA Technology at www.eatechnology.com and SSEN at www.ssepd.co.uk/Home.