Smart Charger Trial Kicks Off in Victoria, Tasmania & ACT

A trial of smart chargers has begun across Victoria, Tasmania, and the ACT. The 12-month trial, which has seen smart chargers installed at the homes of more than 160 EV owners is designed to look at how home fast-charging can reduce the energy costs for owners and help electricity network businesses manage the demands on the grid during peak hours.

Five electricity network businesses – Jemena, AusNet, United Energy, TasNetworks and EVOEnergy, together with charging infrastructure company JET Charge, are partnering in the 12-month EV Grid Trial, co-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The smart chargers mean participants’ EVs can be plugged in when it’s convenient but charged at times when the electricity grid has more capacity – ideally leading to lower electricity bills.

Through the trial, participants will have more visibility of their EV charging data, and the network operators will gain a better understanding of electricity demand.

‘Solar soak’ events on forecast sunny days will be a key feature of the trial. During these events, participants will be notified ahead of time to have their cars plugged in during a day when there is an abundance of solar energy being exported into the grid.

Trial outcomes will be shared with electricity retailers, electric vehicle manufacturers, governments, and other energy industry stakeholders.

In total, 123 Victorian, 22 Tasmanian and 22 ACT households are participating in the trial.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (April 2022) 

19 April 2022

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