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UK energy platform developer Kaluza has partnered with Bosch to demonstrate how smart charging of electric vehicles (EVs) can support the grid.

The two companies combined their architectures to remotely control an EV to charge at times when it was cheapest and greenest in a simulated grid ‘turndown’ scenario.

The trial also showcased how direct-to-car smart charging could create opportunities for energy retailers to provide new, green services to customers at lower costs, according to a statement.

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The smart charging automatically works around user settings and vehicle data to ensure that the vehicle is charged to drive at the required time, in addition to delivering energy cost savings.

“In the race to decarbonise, there is a window of opportunity to make smart charging mainstream that we cannot afford to miss,” says Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Kaluza.

“Direct-to-car smart charging offers suppliers and grid operators greater access to EV’s inherent flexibility more quickly and stands to enhance existing solutions involving chargers.”

The companies say that the technical success of the trial presents how smart charging and its benefits can be scaled more widely, and at a faster rate, by reducing the dependency on separate smart charging hardware.

While smart chargers and connected hardware infrastructure remain an important pathway to accommodating millions of EVs onto the energy system, the direct control capability stands to increase the availability of smart charging globally. Additionally, direct-to-car smart charging bypasses some of the compatibility challenges currently being experienced.