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Australia: New charge point pops up as electric car trial continues

North Queensland’s energy provider has installed a car charging point on The Strand ahead of the next phase of its trial of electric vehicles.
Ergon Energy has been testing five electric cars with families in the Mount Low area for the past eight months and has been monitoring the impact of the recharging of those vehicles on energy supply.
Project manager Glenn Dahlenberg says despite the peak charge time being later than they expected at around 10pm, recharging still impacts on peak electricity supply between 6pm and 8pm.
“There is certainly an impact from the electric cars on the peak demand so we need to be very careful how we go forward managing that so we enable the cars’ long term use for everybody.”
A battery system has also been connected to the Mount Low transformer which will be able to simulate the kind of demand that charging 30 electric cars would place on supply.
“Which is equivalent to about one (electric) car per household” Mr Dahlenberg explains.
“The five cars in that area really haven’t had a major impact and as we go through the next phase in that trial we are going to increase the number of cars that we would see and just determine the impact.”


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