16 Nov 2023
NIE Networks is inviting interested Electric Vehicle (EV) owners to take part in their latest, large-scale innovation trial.
As EVs become more popular, the Northern Ireland Intelligent EV Charging (NIEV) Project will explore how to spread that demand on the network, benefitting drivers and the wider public.
Naomi Morrow, NIEV Project Manager from NIE Networks, explained: “Typically, our network experiences a surge in demand as people come home and turn on appliances. With the adoption of electric vehicles, we expect that this will increase as people plug their vehicle in to charge.
The NIEV project will test ways of spreading EV charging throughout the night to reduce this surge. Drivers will plug their vehicle as normal but charging may take place when demand on the network is lower. The vehicle would always be ready for when the driver needs it.”
An intelligent charging system could also ensure that lowest cost and least carbon intensive electricity is used to charge electric vehicles. This would maximise the environmental benefits of a transition to renewable energy and ensure the electricity system exploits any available flexibility.
Naomi continued: “At this early stage we’re inviting for anyone who charges their EV at home to register their interest in participating. The trial is scheduled to kick off in the Spring of 2024 and you’ll be helping to lead the way in preparing our network for a zero-carbon future.”
For criteria and to register your interest please visit the Future Networks section of our website.