We’re partnering with electricity distribution companies Jemena, AusNet Services, Evoenergy, TasNetworks to run a trial to understand the effects of electric vehicle (EV) charging on the grid.
The trial will run over two years and is partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
More than 170 EV owners across Victoria, the ACT, and Tasmania will receive a ‘smart wall charger’ that will be up to three times faster than the charger commonly supplied with new EVs and will also allow us to manage when charging occurs.
This will help lessen the impacts of the extra consumption during peak times, and shift the charging of EVs to a time when the grid has more capacity.
As more people buy EVs, we’re preparing our networks to support this change. By better understanding how and when customers want to charge their electric vehicles while balancing sustainability and cost, we will be able to adapt how we operate our networks to assist with a smooth and affordable transition to renewable energy.