The Electric Nation project has been launched at the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle event, LCV2016, with a presentation, an exhibition stand presence, and filming by Robert Llewellyn of a new Fully Charged video about the project.
Ben Godfrey, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer, WPD, and Gill Nowell, Senior Consultant – Smart Interventions, EA Technology both gave a presentation about Electric Nation to leading industry experts, in a session chaired by Robert Evans, CEO, Cenex, entitled ‘Energy for Transport: Alternative Fuels and Energy Infrastructure’.
Ben and Gill explained how Electric Nation is trialling a smart charging solution between domestic charge points and the local electricity network to allow the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK to increase, so avoiding the cost and disruption involved in upgrading local electricity infrastructure.
The Electric Nation stand – located next to the UK Pavilion, featuring government and support organisations such as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) – was full of people interested to find more about the new project over the two-day LCV event.
More good news came at the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016, which took place on the first evening of the LCV2016 event, when EA Technology was Highly Commended in the category for ‘2016 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report’, for its final report on the My Electric Avenue project.
Electric Nation is the customer-facing brand of CarConnect, a Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Network Innovation Allowance funded project. WPD’s collaboration partners in the project are EA Technology, DriveElectric, Lucy Electric GridKey and TRL.
Electric Nation is seeking to recruit between 500-700 people buying or leasing new electric vehicles (including pure electric and plug-in hybrids) to take part in the largest trial of its kind. Trial participants will get a free* smart charger installed.
Initially the trial will take place in certain geographical locations, the WPD network areas in the South West, South Wales, West & East Midlands.
For more information, to watch the introductory Electric Nation video, and to check eligibility to take part in the project visit www.electricnation.org.uk