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Landscape

Other organisation also have their own projects looking at the impact of electric vehicles on the electrical infrastructure; which can range from very specific project boundaries to more general overviews. Where there is overlap it is hoped there will be opportunities for collaboration and information sharing.

Current Projects:

EV Infrastructure Taskforce, TfL

Transport for London

EV Infrastructure Partnership - Element Energy

ENA

The ENA are taking a ‘learn by doing approach’ –  already undertaking a range of developments, which include initiatives such as the ENA Open Networks Project and NIA/NIC Innovation Projects, that will benefit customers and reduce the cost of future network investment whilst maintaining secure supplies.
We are consulting with our stakeholders to understand how they use their electric vehicles, what levels of service they expect and what is a fair price to pay.
There are potentially big benefits from smart charging and Vehicle-2-Grid services; we could vastly reduce costs but we need to take a whole systems view.
We’ve worked with the electric vehicle community, including charge point installers to determine the best practices for connecting EVs to the networks, while maintaining sufficient visibility to understand our networks.
ENA plans to conduct some modelling into the impact of EVs on the networks under various scenarios:
Take into account the latest thinking and policy landscape, including the Government 2040 target.
Networks can potentially reduce the cost of investment through increased use of Distributed Energy Resources and flexibility services alongside more traditional investment.
Initial modelling underlined the importance of key network initiatives to harness innovation. If we were to only use traditional network asset investment, the cost is estimated to run into £billions by 2030.

FPSA

The FPSA is an independent expert group, anticipating and exploring system-wide energy challenges and developing objective solutions to deliver the energy system transition.

ETI

Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project.
Aims to understand changes to market structures and energy supply systems to support high deployment of plug-in vehicles, the technical implications of any changes and how people might respond to them.
The outputs are being made available to:

  • help inform UK and European government policy
  • help shape energy and automotive industry products

UKPN

Recharging The Future

Modelling of EV impact with the ability to vary the geospacial utilsation of charging infrastructure, to help forcast loads and optimise where best to invest.

Black Cab Green

Forecasts where the demand will be from electric Taxis, and bring improvements to the process of providing high volume connections

 

ITS

Have conducted various studies and literature reviews into the attitudes towards EVs, including;

the role of charging infrastructure in uptake-

  • Other barriers to adoption-Home parking supply; Dealerships (Sovacool et al study)
  • Charging behaviour after adoption-Various trial studies; Tyne and Wear EV study just being commissioned

Specific antecedents of fleet adoption-

  • Market Segmentation-ETI PiVEI study; DfT Study
  • Spatial pattern of uptake, Scenarios-EPSRC MOT study; New CREDs study, UKERC modelling

Role of local and national policy incentives-Various literature reviews of international evidence
Response to demand side management-My Electric Avenue; ETI CVEI study
Potential engagement in V2G-

  • Engagement in new elec supply models-Utility 2050; EPSRC SATNAV study
  • How are PHEV vs BEVs used after adoption?-None?

One of the key tasks for the EV Energy Taskforce is to monitor what activites are taking place in this space, signpost 

EVET Launch - Report Quote


Delivering consumer benefits through interoperability 

Achieving a high degree of physical, transactional and technical interoperability across the EV charging sector is fundamental to making EV ownership/use a compelling consumer proposition. Interoperability is also an essential prerequisite to building a resilient charging infrastructure that works efficiently and securely with the electricity system, and other smart domestic appliances, for the benefit of consumers.

The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce therefore proposes that Government should work with industry to accelerate the journey towards the adoption of common standards to achieve agreed interoperability goals linked to the growth of EVs. This journey should be driven to deliver positive consumer outcomes, taking lessons from other industries such as telecoms. More specifically, it is vital to the delivery of effective smart charging. There are many ways to implement smart charging and the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce has recognised this by avoiding a prescriptive approach in its proposals.

The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce recognises that the EV charging infrastructure sector is at an early stage of development so fostering innovation is essential. This should be recognised when setting interoperability goals. The risks of premature regulation must be taken into account but balanced by the benefits of common standards.

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Rewarding consumers for charging smartly

There is a real opportunity to boost the take-up of EVs by making it easy for consumers/EV drivers to be properly rewarded for the services they provide to support the electricity system by smart charging. Markets already exist to trade these services, but they are not designed to interface with millions of EVs, or other domestic devices. The operation of these markets needs to be reimagined from a consumer’s perspective in order to do this.

Government and Ofgem should accelerate their current joint programme exploring flexibility in the electricity retail market to ensure that its value is made easily accessible to retail consumers. The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce also proposes that Government and Ofgem should take positive steps to encourage consumers to install a smart meter with every domestic chargepoint to allow full access to flexibility markets. Again, delivering positive consumer outcomes should be a primary driver.

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Utilising and protecting data for better consumer outcomes

The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce considers that two key principles should be applied in relationto EV data management. First, EV drivers should see value in allowing their data to be shared withthird parties. Second, they must be assured that their data will be protected. EV drivers will expecteasy access to comprehensive chargepoint data: location, availability and speed of charge. TheElectric Vehicle Energy Taskforce proposes that chargepoint operators make this data available tomeet this need.

A key theme underlying the work of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce has been whole-system thinking. The parties developing the EV charging infrastructure will work closely with, in particular, the electricity industry and the national and local planning authorities. The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce supports the recommendations made by the Energy Data Taskforce and believes they can be applied in the EV sector. Industry, including EV manufacturers, should cooperate to put in place data acquisition and sharing mechanisms that facilitate efficient planning and operation of the EV charging infrastructure. 

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Winning consumer's trust and confidence

There is an opportunity to make the transition to EVs a really positive consumer experience. The aim should be to make consumers want to drive an EV in the same way that they want to use a smart phone. However, committing to an EV is a significantly bigger decision than buying a smart phone. Winning consumers’ trust and confidence in all aspects of the EV proposition is therefore essential.

The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce proposes that industry and Government should provide appropriate support, advice and protection starting at the point of sale. It is proposed that an independent body should promote the benefits of smart charging; Government should fund an independent advice service; and Ofgem and industry should ensure robust consumer protection and effective complaint handling.

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Developing and maintaining the charging infrastructure consumer needs

Achieving a high degree of physical, transnational and technical interoperability across the EV charging sector is fundamental to making EV ownership/use a compelling consumer propositions.

 

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