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As the market for Electric Vehicles (EV) grows, we believe in empowering our customers as they increasingly turn to electric cars. To do this, we are committed to building a smarter, more efficient grid that will support the shift to electric and low carbon mobility.

We believe that EVs will play an important role in the future operation of the grid. We’ve previously worked with CSIRO to investigate how EVs can be used to manage network peak demand in a cost-effective way.

We’re actively engaged in research to prepare for the uptake of electric vehicles. You may be able to contribute to this research if you: 

  • Live in our electricity distribution network
  • Have a smart meter
  • Personally own and drive a fully electric EV that was released in the past 6 years (or conversions with battery capacity greater than 20kWh).
         Please note that hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are not within the scope of this research project.

If you satisfy the above and are one of the first 50 to complete this short 5-minute survey you will win a $50 Coles-Myer gift card.

To complete the survey you’ll need your NMI (National Meter Identifier) number, which is on the front of your electricity bill.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the $50 reward or the survey in general, please contact us at electricvehicles@ausnetservices.com.au.


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  • Top 3 reasons to drive an electric vehicle

    Electric Vehicles (EVs) offer some attractive advantages over petrol or diesel fuelled vehicles:

    1. Low running costs. To cover the same distance, an EV typically costs between a quarter and a half of the cost of fuel for a traditional vehicle. Most electric vehicles also need less maintenance than traditional vehicles.
    2. Reduced or zero carbon emissions. Charging an EV from renewable energy, either from your own solar panels or purchased from the grid, can allow a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
    3. Convenience. With an EV you can wake up to a fully charged car each day, and never have to detour to a petrol station again.
  • Top 3 things to know about charging your electric vehicle at home

    If you are thinking of buying an Electric Vehicle (EV), we have put together the top 3 things to know about charging at home.


    1. It is possible charge your EV at home using a standard electrical power point. This is known as Level 1 charging and is the slowest form of charging. The time it will take to fully charge will depend on the on-board charger inside the car.
    2. For faster charging, you can choose to install a dedicated charging unit instead. This is known as Level 2 charging. We recommend checking with the installer if you will need to upgrade your home’s electricity supply or convert it to three-phase power. 
    3. To reduce your electricity bill, consider charging your EV using overnight off-peak electricity rates. If you have a solar system at home, consider moving your charging time to the daytime instead, to make use of excess solar generation.