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Neighbours come together to test EV grid impact in new trial | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk

A new electric car trial has announced the willing neighbourhoods who will work together to help assess how using battery electric cars will impact on local electricity networks.

The unique My Electric Avenue neighbourhood project, hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) and led by EA Technology, has recruited seven neighbourhoods consisting of ten households each to use Nissan LEAF electric cars, charging them at home to test how this might strain local grid networks.

The new £9 million project has signed up communities in Chiswick, Marlow, South Gosforth, South Shields, Wylam, Chineham and Whiteley to take part in the first stage of the project. As part of the trial, each household receives an electric LEAF at a specially discounted lease rate to help them assess electricity use.

Almost 2,000 people registered to take part, allowing EA Technology to select its final seven clusters of neighbours for the trial, some four months ahead of schedule.

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Neighbours come together to test EV grid impact in new trial

A new electric car trial has announced the willing neighbourhoods who will work together to help assess how using battery electric cars will impact on local electricity networks.

The unique My Electric Avenue neighbourhood project, hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) and led by EA Technology, has recruited seven neighbourhoods consisting of ten households each to use Nissan LEAF electric cars, charging them at home to test how this might strain local grid networks.

The new £9 million project has signed up communities in Chiswick, Marlow, South Gosforth, South Shields, Wylam, Chineham and Whiteley to take part in the first stage of the project. As part of the trial, each household receives an electric LEAF at a specially discounted lease rate to help them assess electricity use.

Almost 2,000 people registered to take part, allowing EA Technology to select its final seven clusters of neighbours for the trial, some four months ahead of schedule.

Due to this quick progress, Ofgem has agreed to early release of project funding, which means that these clusters can now look forward to installation of charging points at home and Esprit technology-which can monitor and control the electricity used- and delivery of Nissan LEAFs, months earlier than originally anticipated.

Under these technical trials, each individual in a cluster will lease an all-electric Nissan LEAF at an exclusively-subsidised rate for 18 months, with the aim of trialling the new energy-controlling Esprit technology, a new technology developed by EA Technology.

Social trials still recruiting

With these technical trials now almost full, My Electric Avenue is starting its social trials programme. These trials are designed to complement the information gathered during the technical trials and participants can lease a new a Nissan electric car for at a specially negotiated rate for 24 months. Applicants can be individuals or groups and there’s no requirement to have any technology installed in the home. Spaces in the social trials are limited and so the cars will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

As part of the trial, data will be collected from the car to monitor driving patterns, capturing mileage and time of journeys but there is no requirement to have your charging use monitored.

Stewart A Reid, SSEPD’s Future Networks Manager, comments: “We want to deliver the best service possible to all our customers, and that is why this trial is so important as we move towards the low carbon future. The knowledge gained from My Electric Avenue will be shared amongst network operators, government, the energy industry, the low carbon vehicle sector and the general public as a whole. EA Technology has created an excellent mix of partners and relevant expertise for My Electric Avenue, with a hands-on delivery approach that makes this project exceptionally effective and good value for money.”

Dave A. Roberts, EA Technology’s Future Networks Director says: “The community-led approach to customer engagement has been key to the success of the project, enabling us to achieve our deliverables way ahead of schedule. We are now looking forward to getting cars on drives and the Esprit technology installed. This will really start to give us an idea of what the EV street of the future will look like.”

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