Innovative EV charging technologies set for Milton Keynes trial

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers in Milton Keynes have been invited to apply to trial domestic smart chargers, vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers and home battery storage.

The Domestic Energy Balancing EV Charging Project, announced on 12 May, will investigate ways to balance the peaks of electricity use associated with charging EVs at home. Its overriding aim is for the technologies to be available for EV owners to save money and reduce demand on electricity networks through balancing the load on the grid. The trial is being delivered by CrowdCharge, using its digital charger and battery energy management platform, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council, with Flexitricity as the energy demand response partner.

Participants will receive an incentive reward from the value of £10 per month, on the assumption that minimum participation parameters are met. These include charging their EV for a full cycle, ten times per month, over the 12-month duration of the trial. Upon its conclusion, they will be given the option to keep the equipment for ownership transfer fees of £100 for smart chargers, and £250 for V2G chargers and home battery storage.

At the end of the trial, an assessment of the technologies, including how they can work together effectively, will be published.