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Installation of free smart chargers gets underway for electric vehicle owners

Electric vehicle owners are starting to have free smart chargers installed as a result of their participation in the Electric Nation project. The latest smart chargers will future-proof their electric vehicle (EV) home charging, and they will play an important role in a research project to ensure that the UK’s local electricity networks can cope […]

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Testing of the Electric Nation smart charging control system

In the last version of our newsletter we reported that we’d commissioned the Electric Nation test rig at EA Technology’s office in Capenhurst. Since then the system has been extensively tested. The purpose of the test system is to: Test the operation of demand control before roll-out to trial participants Check the reliability of sending […]

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What Electric Nation participants can expect during the smart charger installation

Electric Nation, the world’s largest electric vehicle trial, has now completed a number of pilot installations of the smart chargers that are being used in the project. Very soon, the first participants on the project will be having their own smart chargers installed. So what happens during this process? Zoë Hood explains about her experience […]

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Minister for the Northern Powerhouse visits EA Technology and its Electric Nation project

Andrew Percy, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, has visited EA Technology headquarters in Chester. The visit included a demonstration of the company’s Electric Nation project, funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its Network Innovation Allowance. Electric Nation, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) trial of its kind, is testing a smart charging system in […]

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EA Technology’s Electric Nation project team charges on stage to claim the Northern Automotive Alliance Marketing Award

EA Technology’s Electric Nation project is the winner of the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) Marketing Award 2016. Electric Nation, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) trial of its kind, is testing a smart charging system in order to avoid excessive strain on local electricity networks when clusters of EVs charge at peak times. A strategic […]

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Electric Nation Test System is up and running

The Electric Nation Test System has been commissioned at EA Technology’s offices in Capenhurst. The Test System is a ‘living lab’ to test smart charging throughout the Electric Nation project to ensure the system works well for the trial participants – enabling EV drivers to make the journeys they want and at the same time […]

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Electric Nation excites at the flagship event for energy networks innovation

Western Power Distribution was proud to host its Network Innovation Allowance project, Electric Nation, the customer-facing brand of CarConnect, on its stand at this year’s Low Carbon Networks & Innovation (LCNI) conference. Taking place from 11-13 October 2016 at the iconic Manchester Central, and hosted by Electricity Northwest, the event provided unparalleled networking opportunities in […]

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Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged video about Electric Nation goes live

Robert Llewellyn has produced a Fully Charged video about Electric Nation which is now live… Electric Nation is seeking to recruit 500-700 people buying or leasing new electric vehicles (including pure electric and plug-in hybrids) to take part in a trial to ensure the UK can charge electric vehicles at peak times as the numbers […]

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Electric Nation launched to the energy sector at the 2016 Low Carbon Networks & Innovation (LCNI) Conference

The new Electric Nation project is trialling a smart charging solution between domestic charge points and the local electricity network to allow the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK to increase, so avoiding the cost and disruption involved in upgrading local electricity infrastructure. Electric Nation is the customer-facing brand of CarConnect, a Western […]

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Tesla excites at EA Technology Open Day

EA Technology celebrated 50 years of engineering innovation at its Open Day today, 16 September. Displaying a range of electric vehicles (EVs) alongside the recently launched Electric Nation EV demand control test rigs, vehicles featured include the newly released Tesla Model X SUV and Tesla Model S, as well as the BMW i3 and i8, […]

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