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New EV Smart grid system to be trialed in London

04 Mar 2014
A new system to link electric vehicles (EVs) with smart grid technologies is to be trialed in London.

The five-month project will look at cutting the impact of electric cars on the existing grid infrastructure and overcoming any barriers faced by the EV sector.

Electricity distributor UK Power Networks is working with POD Point, Smarter Grid Solutions and Imperial College London to test the ‘active network management’ system. It will briefly suspend the flow of electricity to selected EV charge points at peak times on the network while ensuring drivers still get enough charge.

Smart systems will be needed in major cities when electricity begins to replace petrol and diesel as the main fuel source for transport. This will be essential in order to prevent the electricity system being overloaded by extra demand.