My Electric Avenue Featured in Fully Charged – Video

APR 18 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

The street of the future – neighbours in Marlow test the impact of a cluster of 9 electric vehicles on the local electricity grid

The street of the future – neighbors in Marlow test the impact of a cluster of 9 electric vehicles on the local electricity grid

The street of the future – neighbours in Marlow test the impact of a cluster of 9 electric vehicles on the local electricity grid

The street of the future – neighbors in Marlow test the impact of a cluster of 9 electric vehicles on the local electricity grid

Recently, in the UK the My Electric Avenue project was launched with several clusters of neighbors with electric cars.  This idea is to check how charging will affect demand of electricity in small area (typically one street).

Monitoring and smart grid functions enable the turning off of charging for short periods of time at peak usage.

Robert Llewellyn had a second occasion to present the My Electric Avenue project on Fully Charged and here is the new episode:

“The launch in the UK of the My Electric Avenue project.”

“It’s a scheme to test what happens when groups or ‘clusters’ of neighbours on the same feeder from the local electricity substation all have electric cars.”

“The technology being introduced will help power suppliers and the grid manage the increased use in electric vehicles.”

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Hmm, the “learnings” seem a little out of date. That is:
1) Peak demand is at 6pm in Nov when everyone comes home and plugs in.
2) Better to use timer to start charging at 12am.
3) Use technology ($$$) to allow substation to tell EVSE to back off.

I thought I read some study where no new technology was needed. Simply tell the car when you’d like it to be fully charged (e.g. 8am) and let the car figure out by itself when to start charging. That should be random enough to avoid every car pulling peak current at the same time. Forgot where I read this.

I just program my Volt to “charge based on departure time.” This can be done on the touchscreen or the onstar app. When I want to charge immediately, I can do a “temporary override”

The Leaf has a similar function.

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