Electric Miles and Project EV have agreed a three-year smart charging deal, with plans for around 100,000 chargers deployed by Project EV to be exclusively controlled on the Electric Miles Smart Charging platform.
As a result, Electric Miles says that thousands of electric vehicle (EV) owners will have access to a suite of services including automated charging at the cheapest time.
With smart charging, it says that motorists can save 40% on their charging bills.
Arun Anand, CEO and founder of Electric Miles, said: “Most domestic car charging is still done after returning from work between 5pm and 7pm, the same time as demand for electricity goes up as everyone starts cooking their dinner.
“Project EV has already deployed 20,000 chargers in the residential market. Hence, we’re very excited to deliver our services to Project EV.
“From the start, we were impressed with their shared desire to put the interests of drivers first.
“Our Smart Charging platform puts motorists in total control of how and when they charge while also helping the Grid to deliver power efficiently.”
The Government has made it clear chargers will need to be smart to reduce the impact on National Grid. It won’t be possible for all EVs to be charging at the same time, without massive investment in transmission infrastructure and power stations.
Electric Miles is looking to address this problem by integrating its intelligent smart charging platform with its demand side services, where it balances EV charging with grid constraint.
Through signed deals with three major Distribution System Operators (DSO) it will offer about 23 MWs of Demand Side Response (DSR).
In the future, benefits from providing this service will be shared with the drivers who have allowed their car batteries to be used in this way.
Anand said: “From the start we developed our software as a service platform to be hardware agnostic. It can work with any Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) charger in the market.
“This is an important consideration for any charger manufacturer that doesn’t have this capability with the Government’s Smart Charging Regulation due to come into effect next year.”
Simon Peat, CEO of Project EV, added: “We believe this deal will revolutionise the way vehicles are charged from dumb to smart.
“Using one of our advanced chargers integrated with Software from Electric Miles will allow drivers to charge their vehicle with the right amount of power at the cheapest cost. This is future-proofed cheaper driving.”
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