Coupled with intelligence like smart charging, the opportunities could be substantial. For distribution network operators (DNOs), smart charging will create opportunities to move flexible EV load, and hold potential to increase visibility of their low voltage networks. For charger manufacturers, this ‘smart layer’ can bring cost and carbon savings to consumers’ energy usage. This added feature will enhance the competitiveness of their offering and for some, this will differentiate their offering from the increasingly commoditised competition.
Smart charging is a relatively new technology, and much is still being learned about its effectiveness to shift electrical demand away from peak times. For the widespread benefits of smart charging to be realised, the way customers choose to interact with the technology will be crucial.
At Kaluza, we’ve been exploring what relationships customers have with their home smart chargers. We recently conducted a survey over a pool of 122 of our EV drivers to probe their motivations and behaviour
The EV drivers in our survey are all enrolled in Kaluza’s smart charging innovation trial, in collaboration with UK Power Networks — Project Shift. The Kaluza stream of the Shift project has been running since October 2019, for over 300 smart chargers across London and the South East of the UK. As part of the trial, Kaluza’s intelligent energy platform optimises the charging of these 300 EVs in real time, against half-hourly price signals.
So what have we learnt from our EV drivers?