Utilities subsidiaries partner on EV charging pilot


Utilities subsidiaries have partnered to install electric vehicle charging stations for residential consumers in the US.

Northern States Power Minnesota, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, has selected eMotorwerks, a subsidiary of Enel, for the provision of EV chargers.

The infrastructure will be installed as part of a two-year pilot, which will register up to 100 participants.

The JuiceBox Pro 40 chargers will be installed at residential premises and owned by Xcel Energy.

The aim of the pilot is to develop a new business model and prepare Excel Energy’s grid network for a surge in EVs.

The EV charging system will automatically respond to grid changes to enable grid reliability during peaks and ensure consumers avoid charging during these times when tariffs are high. Demand response capabilities are a reality owing to integration of the charger with a cloud platform JuiceNet which enables load aggregation.

JuiceBox Pro 40 comprises smart meter functionalities and is expected to save Xcel EV driving customers $1,000 to $3,000, by avoiding the need to install a second electric meter required to track EV charging electric usage.

The solution will enable Excel Energy and its subsidiary to integrate low-cost renewable electricity into the EV charging electricity supply and to provide other grid benefits, such as reducing marginal greenhouse gas emissions, helping stabilise grid frequency and minimise costly grid infrastructure upgrades to meet the growing electricity demands of EVs.

“By 2025, there’s expected to be over 11 million EVs in North America alone, and utilities need to work fast to actively meet this growing demand,” said Val Miftakhov, head of eMotorWerks. “As seen with Xcel Energy, our solution is practical not only for drivers and grid operators, but utilities as well, as it saves costs and increases customer touch points. We are pleased to see Xcel Energy and NSPM preparing early for the EV market boom by implementing a charging solution for its customers that will pay dividends for decades to come.”

The programme began on August 29th.