ScottishPower and Electric Cars
Smarter Grid Solution teams up with ScottishPower to accelerate the roll-out of electric cars.
15:48 01 May 2019
Glasgow-based Smarter Grid Solution is working on an £8.5million “Charge” Network Innovation Competition Project that aims to accelerate the roll-out of electric cars in the UK. It will work alongside lead partner SP Energy Networks (a division of ScottishPower), traffic software provider PTV Group and EA Technology to identify the optimum method of charging cars in public locations and at homes without driveways as well as determine the most cost efficient connection of electricity-powered vehicles to the energy grid.
Graham Ault, founder and executive director at SGS, said: “Electric vehicles will revolutionise not just vehicle transport but Great Britain’s electricity grid. Project Charge is a significant step forward in making sure that the electricity networks will cope with the extra demand.
“The ability to manage EV [electric vehicle] charging in parallel with all of those other low carbon technologies has great value in the flexible, cleaner, smarter power grid.”
SPEN director of network planning and regulation Scott Mathieson added: “Once we know which combination of technology and commercial solutions and procedures works best then SPEN will be able to help other network operators to roll them out across the whole country.
“Drivers need to know they can charge their cars at home, and when out in their local community or further afield, and our Charge project will help to give them the reassurances they need.”