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New project to explore standardised method for EV charging

A new project has launched to examine how the UK’s electricity network can prepare for the increase in electric vehicle ownership and to help develop a solution.

Nissan LEAF on charge

The project will look to provide a secure electricity network that can support wide-scale adoption of EVs while reducing investment cost

Announced at the Low Carbon Networks Innovation Conference in Manchester, the Smart EV project invites stakeholder views to develop a standardised industry-wide agreement for the connection, charging and control of electric vehicles.

The project’s ultimate aim is to achieve agreement across a number of industries on the best way to help facilitate the roll out of controlled EV charging.

The project is being run by electricity network distribution operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and power engineering company EA Technology – funding is being provided through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance.

Dave A Roberts, director – smart interventions at EA Technology, said: “We need to find a standardised method to control the charging of EVs. The Smart EV project will seek to provide a national engineering recommendation, or equivalent, for the connection, charging and control of electric vehicles.

“We need the input of as many relevant stakeholders as possible – if you are a charging point manufacturer, installer, EV manufacturer, policymaker or anyone involved in the associated supply chain, please take part in the consultation.”

To respond to the Smart EV Consultation on Managed EV Charging, which closes in December 2016, please visit smartEV.eatechnology.com.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.