An electrifying (sorry) and ground-breaking new transport model designed to predict and map electric vehicle uptake across Merseyside, Cheshire, North and Mid-Wales and North Shropshire, has been unveiled by energy distributor, SP Energy Networks.
Named the, Charge Project, the transport model, the first of its kind, can predict when and where EV charging demand will occur in the model’s region, as demand for EVs grows helping investors identify the locations to install EV charge-points. It can also identify where that demand needs to be billeted on the electricity network.
Getting more and more people out of petrol and diesel cars and into EV is a key element in the net zero journey and meeting climate change targets. It also has an important role to play in the post-coronavirus ‘green recovery’. The Charge Project’s model is aimed at accelerating (again, sorry) this process by supporting investors in making more informed decisions about where to locate the necessary EV infrastructure, so it can be targeted where it’s needed most and where it can deliver maximum benefits for drivers.
SP Energy Networks, working alongside partners, EA Technology, Smarter Grid Solutions and the PTV Group, the four-year Ofgem-funded scheme will merge electricity-network and transport planning for the first time to produce an overarching map of locations where EV charge-points will be needed and where the grid can best accommodate them.
The model, unveiled recently, anticipates EV uptake using demographics, land-use data, driver behaviour, travel patterns, and scenario-based expectations of how the EV market will evolve in the coming years.
Scott Mathieson, Network Planning and Regulation Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “The Charge Project transport model is a never-before-available online platform capable of generating detailed scenarios for EV uptake as far into the future as 2050. By predicting where charging demand is likely to be high, the model can help drive infrastructure investment and development in a way that will make the transition to electric vehicles a much more viable option for many. It has the potential to really transform how EV infrastructure is embedded into our towns and cities and I look forward to seeing how the project takes shape in the coming weeks and months.”
Dr Laurence Chittock, Project Lead, PTV Group, said: “This model is unique to the UK’s rapidly expanding EV market. By anticipating how EV uptake might progress and understanding the travel patterns of all drivers across the project area – not just the early adopters – the model can show where infrastructure is most needed.”
The next phase of the Charge Project, will be a major pilot in the project area of, ‘smart charging connections’, ground-breaking technology that can automatically and intelligently control the power consumption of EV charge-points. This will be followed by the rollout of the ‘ConnectMore’ tool, a public-facing web app that will support businesses and local authorities to identify suitable sites for new charge-points and appraise the cost of connecting them to the network.
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