Consultation on managed EV charging launches in the UK


The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) launched a consultation on managed electric vehicle (EV) charging.

The consultation aims to gather stakeholder views on which solutions to implement in order to avoid EV charging overloading the grid.

For instance, the consultation will identify a solution which can help the utility restore services in emergency situations, where local networks have faulted, or are likely to fault, based on a rapid increase in demand.

One of the solutions includes the installation of a device at both the local substation and in domestic properties, to monitor load and adjusts EV charging in line with grid status.

The solution will give SSEN more time to develop specific energy tariffs to drive consumers to use to use less energy or charge EVs when demand is low.

In its EV project, SSEN is partnering with EA Technology using funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance.

The consultation closes on Monday 30 April.

Stewart Reid, Head of Innovation and DSO at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said: “SSEN fully supports the desire to decarbonise the UK transport fleet and welcomes recent moves by both the UK and Scottish governments to set ambitious targets on the phase out of ICE vehicles.

“While the speed and scale of the transition to electric vehicles is still to become clear, as a network operator, it is our job to ensure this transition is as smooth as it can be, avoiding disruption to customers and any unnecessary increase in costs.

“Through the Smart EV project, SSEN is working ahead of need to develop a cost-effective, readily-deployable solution to address the challenge of clusters of EVs on our local electricity networks, until such time as long-term market solutions are suitably established.  We welcome any views through the consultation process.”

Tim Nicklin, Chair of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)’s EV Technical Working Group added: “SMMT welcomes the Smart EV project and its engaged approach to finding suitable technical solutions. We need to make sure that any solution adopted by industry is future-proof and works with and for the EV driver.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.