Toolbox Entry: Powered up: charging EVs without stressing the electricity network

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Last edited on 25/11/2022 by Hector Alfaro
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General Information

ID Number
Main Author
Western Power Distribution; Network Innovation Allowance
Publication Year
Type of Entry
Study Report

Enabling Distributed Technologies
  • Electric vehicles

Which of the above categories best describe the material
Enabling distributed technologies
Geographical Scope of the Publication
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Location within country
Western Power Distribution region (Midlands, South Wales and the South West)
Reference project name
Electric Nation

The Electric Nation project was concerned with private cars powered either entirely by electricity (“battery electric vehicles” or BEVs), or those with a conventional engine combined with a battery that can be recharged by plugging in (“plug-in hybrid electric vehicles” or PHEVs). All these cars can be plugged in to a chargepoint to fill up their battery and so are referred to collectively as “plug-in electric vehicles” or PEVs. When launched, Electric Nation was the world’s largest home smart charging trial with nearly 700 Electric Vehicle (EV) owners taking part in the 18-month trial. Electric Nation sought to find out two things: what will be the effect of PEV uptake on low-voltage electricity networks and can smart charging help mitigate these effects?