EV drivers halve charging costs in Australian smart grid pilot

A demand management demonstration project in Australia showed that EV drivers could save around 50% of their charging costs with smart charging.

 

The results of a demand management demonstration project in Australia showed that EV drivers could save around 50% of their charging costs by using grid-friendly smart charging technology.

In a six-month project supported by the Australian state of Victoria, DiUS Computing built an end-to-end system that used Victoria’s Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and the company’s ChargeIQ chargers, and exchanged information with drivers through the web, smartphones and email/text messages.

The company studied charging behavior, and published its findings and recommendations in a highly detailed report. It found significant benefits for all involved from the state’s rollout of smart meters. Drivers saved some $250 per year in charging costs, and utilities were able to smoothly handle the additional power demand from EV charging.                                   

 

Image: Nicolas Raymond
Source: DiUS Computing via Green Car Congress