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AusNet Services working with Start-up on electric vehicle smart charging trial

It is becoming increasingly important that we understand the impacts of an ever-larger number of electric vehicles being plugged into the electricity network that we all rely on.

Existing AEMO forecasts indicate EV sales reaching 30% as early as 2026

Traditionally one of the periods of highest demand on the electricity network is in the early evening when many of us return home from work. We turn on kettles, get dinner started, switch on the TV,  and heat and cool our homes. This is also the time that a growing number of electric vehicle owners park their car in the garage and plug in to recharge.

In many cases the electric vehicle owner may not need their vehicle again until their commute the next morning, so AusNet Services is investigating how smart charging technology can be used to ensure electric vehicle owners can get around when they need to, whilst reducing unnecessary demand on the electricity network.

The electricity network is built to handle times of highest demand and even though these peak periods only happen occasionally, the network must have enough capacity to fulfill these brief spikes.

Through the intelligent management of how electric vehicles charge we can more efficiently utilise the energy network, and reduce costs for everyone.

Working with, winners of the prestigious Free Electrons global accelerator program in 2019, AusNet Services is conducting a trial to empower and incentivise EV owners to select when they need their vehicles charged by. The technology utilised in the trial will then intelligently assess the demands on the electricity network and only charge the vehicle when demand is low.

Early results and similar tests in other markets have demonstrated that this type of technology can reduce strain on the network during peak times whilst still providing EV owners with a fully charged battery when the need it.

“It’s important to me that I can jump in my car and go when I need to, but I’m happy help ensure I’m not placing undue strain on the network during peak times”.

- AusNet Services Innovation Manager and Electric Vehicle enthusiast Derek Jayasuriya.

This trial is one of many activities that AusNet Services is conducting in cooperation with industry bodies, Start-ups and technology providers to help facilitate a new energy future.