Successful smart charging pilot shows value to utilities and customers


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: Australian developer and system integrator DiUS has published a report documenting the results from a six-month pilot of smart charging -- the process of letting the utility remotely control when and how fast electric vehicles (EVs) are charged.


Happily, the pilot in the Australian state of Victoria was a success, showing clear benefits both for the utility and for customers. In fact, customers were able to save the equivalent of $250 per year. And the utility was able to lower its peak by deferring EV charging to the evenings.


I've reprinted the executive summary below and included a link to download complete smart charging report from our site. - Jesse Berst


Demand management of electric vehicle charging using Victoria’s Smart Grid

This demonstration project has delivered the world’s first use of a Smart Grid for
electric vehicle charging demand management.

In doing so, the project has demonstrated significant benefits for consumers and
utilities from the Australian state of Victoria’s rollout of Smart Meters. It has also
highlighted opportunities to ensure these benefits are fully realised as Victoria’s Smart
Grid matures and electric vehicles become more widespread.

As part of the demonstration, electricity demand was managed for the first time using
the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). In managing Electric Vehicle
(EV) charging through the Smart Grid, the project has demonstrated how EVs can be
integrated into our electricity networks - easily, conveniently and cheaply.

For drivers, the benefits are clear. Based on residential electricity tariffs and the
project outcomes, Victorian electric vehicle drivers could save around $250 per year, or
around 50 per cent on their charging costs, by adopting ‘Smart’ charging practices.
Grid-integrated ‘Smart’ charging technology would deliver this saving without sacrifice
or effort on their part.