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UK: Residents to get subsidised electric cars as part of trial

Eight city residents are set to get a Nissan Leaf electric car and controllable at-home charging points as part of a Thinking Energy trial.

The trial, run by E.ON and Milton Keynes Council to develop ways to manage energy use in the home.

The latest part of the trial will see developers look to understand more about when and how electric cars are charged by their owners, and to what extent solar panels and batteries can help reduce the need for electricity from the grid – ultimately make driving electric cars extremely economical or even potentially free in the longer term.

Chris Rimmer, Programme Manager for E.ON’s Thinking Energy project, said: “Our Thinking Energy trial has been a tremendous success so far and we’ve learned a great deal from our participants. By delving into the detail of exactly how different people use energy in their daily lives, we’re already understanding more about how we can best meet future energy needs.

“We’re delighted to be able to extend this beyond the home and into the area of transportation. Electric cars are still a relatively new technology and we believe there’s still a lot we can learn about how they’ll fit with the homes of the future. Exactly when will people want to charge their electric cars? How do we power them from renewable sources? How do we make them as cost effective as possible to run? Can we really make driving electric cars free? These are all questions we’ll be looking to answer and we’re delighted our participants are happy to help us do just that.”


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