ARENA to fund trial to accelerate uptake of smart chargers for electric vehicles

Last Modified: Tue Aug 11 2020 04:42:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • $838,000
    Funding that Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide to Origin Energy Ltd to undertake an electric vehicle (EV) smart charging trial across the National Electricity Market (NEM). As the uptake of EVs increases, it will be important to manage and orchestrate vehicle charging to avoid potentially costly impacts on peak demand, associated network charges and grid security issues. The trial seeks to understand these issues.
  • 150
    Number of smart chargers that Origin will provide and install to incentivise new and existing EV owners to participate in the trial. The smart chargers will be installed across residential, commercial and industrial premises of EV owners and fleets, where they will be remotely monitored and controlled via software. The smart chargers will also be integrated into Origin’s existing platform for managing distributed energy.
  • $2.9 million
    Total cost of the trial which will look to evaluate the benefits of and barriers to controlled smart charging, including improving understanding of EV driver behaviour, willingness to accept third party control and what incentives are needed to encourage future participation in charge management programs.
  • Jul 2020
    Project start date
  • 5
    States in which the trials will run - Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria.
  • 7
    Number of project partners involved - United Energy Distribution Pty Limited, Ausgrid Operator Partnership, Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Limited, Custom Service Leasing Pty Ltd, Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Limited, GreenFlux Assets B.V.