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Smart-grid solutions essential to power EV confidence

Cities must deploy smart-charging and storage systems or “face a total collapse of consumer confidence in EVs”.

“Deploy a smart-charging system or face a total collapse of consumer confidence in EV’s,” says Off Grid Energy CEO

“Deploy a smart-charging system or face a total collapse of consumer confidence in EV’s,” says Off Grid Energy CEO

So says energy technology company Off Grid Energy, as its UBESS (Universal Battery Energy Storage Systems) officially goes live at UPS’s Camden depot today.

As announced in April, the delivery firm has installed a new charging system featuring static batteries for energy storage at its Camden depot, which could recharge a fleet of 170 electric delivery vehicles without upgrading the power supply from the grid – this in turn enables UPS to look at switching its entire delivery fleet over to electric trucks – up from the current limit of 65 vehicles.

As other fleets come under increasing pressure to deploy EVs, driven by council plans for Clean Air Zones, as well as increasing taxation and other challenges for diesel vehicles.

Danny Jones, founder and CEO of Off Grid Energy has said that more operators need to look at battery storage and smart charging systems to enable the switch to EVs without putting pressure on a power grid that it claims is “already buckling”.

Jones continued: “The benefits of deploying these systems are manifold and are absolutely necessary to prevent a delay in EV deployment because of the cost and lead-in times to reinforce the electricity network at substations, not to mention they can start working right away with minimal installation time needed.”

Not only can the battery storage solution bolster power from the grid, it can also return supply back when power is not needed. It can also be fitted with solar panels to increase power – and hence ROI – further.

“Rapidly deployable smart-charging and storage systems are an absolute necessity for cities to reap the benefits of EVs,” concluded Jones.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.