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Balancing Act 2017

Electric Nation at WPD’s Balancing Act Conference

A presentation about Electric Nation, providing information for the first time about the project’s Network Assessment Tool, was delivered at Western Power Distribution’s Balancing Act Conference which took place in London on 5 October 2017. The ‘Future Networks – A Balancing Act’ event was held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, organised by WPD’s Innovation […]

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Electric Nation Smart Charging Trial

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SMART CHARGING CAN BE KEY SOLUTION TO CHALLENGE OF NETWORK DEMAND FROM EVS

Initial findings of Electric Nation trial suggest that smart charging can be a key solution to the impact of increasing numbers of EVs on the electricity network Vehicle to grid charging – soon to be trialled as part of the Electric Nation project – will provide further help The main issue around grid capacity relates […]

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Electric Nation at LCV2017

Visit Electric Nation at LCV2017

Electric Nation has a stand at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV2017) event which takes place on 6 & 7 September at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Mark Dale from Western Power Distribution and Esther Dudek from EA Technology will also be giving a talk about the project, with a focus on presenting the real […]

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Electric Nation Smart Charger Milton Keynes

Smart charging provides solution to challenge of electric vehicles creating extra peak electricity demand by 2050

National Grid’s ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ report includes scenario where EVs create an extra 30 per cent peak electricity demand This challenge can be addressed by smart charging, currently being trialled by the Electric Nation project Former Mayor of Milton Keynes delighted with free smart charger provided by Electric Nation Electric vehicles could create an additional […]

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Electric Nation smart charging

Electric vehicles and the UK’s ability to charge them – comment from Electric Nation

Significant announcements made this week about an accelerated move to electric cars The UK’s local electricity networks can cope with the increase in electric vehicles, but smart ‘managed’ charging will be required Electric Nation, the world’s largest project of its kind, is trialling a smart charging solution The last week has seen an explosion of […]

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Electric Nation test rig

Electric Nation featured in Electrical Energy Storage magazine

The Electric Nation project has been featured in Electrical Energy Storage (EES) magazine. The article explains how an electric vehicle can more than double the demand on the local electricity network from a home when charging at peak times. If many homes in a local area adopt EVs, and they all charge at peak times, […]

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Electric Nation smart charger Nottingham

Nottingham gets its first electric vehicle home smart charger

A Nottingham resident has become the first person in the city to have a free home smart charger installed for his electric car through the Electric Nation project National Clean Air Day (15 June) promotes ways to improve local air quality, including increased take-up of electric vehicles Former US vice president turned eco activist Al […]

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Electric Nation at LCV2017

Come and visit us at LCV2017

We’ll have a real, live Tesla Model S on the stand (number C3 100-101), along with one of our smart chargers. And of course the Electric Nation partners can explain the benefits of smart chargers. Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, incorporating four key features: Technology exhibition split over three halls Extensive […]

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Electric Nation Smart Charging system proven after testing

Smart charging is being used in Electric Nation to manage the demand of groups of EVs charging, so that it does not exceed the available spare electricity network capacity. This is achieved using real-time communications between smart chargers and the smart charging solution providers, CrowdCharge and GreenFlux. The trial will expand current understanding of the […]

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150 smart chargers installed, and rising

The project, which is trialling a smart charging solution to the capacity challenge presented by increasing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on local electricity networks, was launched in September 2016 at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event. The aim is to recruit a total of 500-700 people buying new EVs – both pure electric vehicles […]

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