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Electric Nation launches Smart Charging Guide at LCNI 2017 as 500 smart chargers are installed

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Electric Nation has launched a Smart Charging Guide Summary at the 2017 Low Carbon Networks & Innovation (LCNI) Conference taking place in Telford from 6-7 December 2017. At the same time, the project has achieved a significant milestone of installing 500 home electric vehicle (EV) smart chargers for trial participants.

The Smart Charging Guide Summary is a four-page version of the full Smart Charging Guide, aimed at those who are involved in the decision-making process about how we charge electric vehicles – in Government, the energy industry, the automotive industry, the EV charging sector, planning and other stakeholders – which will be available in due course.

Electric Nation’s Smart Charging Guide provides essential background information for the eventuality of smart charging being rolled out nationally. Smart charging is included in the Government’s ‘Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill’ and is expected to be mandated.

As the LCNI event opened, Electric Nation celebrated a significant project milestone: its 500th home EV smart charger was installed. This reflects the huge success of recruitment for the project, which has received almost 3,000 enquiries from people wanting to take part. As there are only 700 spaces available, the project is reaching capacity and all current applications received are being placed on a reserve list.

Additional demand from clusters of EVs could require reinforcement of some local electricity networks. Electric Nation is investigating the benefits that smart charging could provide for such networks.

Electric Nation, one of Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) innovation projects, with collaboration partners EA Technology, DriveElectric, Lucy Electric GridKey and TRL, is believed to be the world’s largest domestic smart charging trial, and has been offering a free smart charger to 500-700 electric vehicle drivers. The smart chargers are provided by Alfen and eVolt.

Visitors to LCNI can find Electric Nation on the stand of Western Power Distribution, the 2017 LCNI Conference Sponsor. A presentation about Electric Nation is also being delivered at the event. LCNI provides an opportunity to explore the key learnings from electricity and gas network innovation projects.

If you would like a copy of the full Smart Charging Guide when available, please email electricnation@eatechnology.com

Automotive Comms, a specialist in communication about electric vehicles, directs the communication for the Electric Nation project – as well as running Green Car Guide.