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Australian Utilities Launch EV Experiment

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 Australian energy companies AGL and ARENA have announced a three-year electric vehicle trial in Queensland and Victoria. The 8 million Australian dollar ($5,888,560 USD) program essentially offers participants incentives to help feed the grid with their car batteries during peak demand times. Here’s how the trial is described in the Sydney Morning Herald

“The batteries in electric vehicles can be hooked up to the grid through charging points. With smart technology, their stored power can be tapped to smooth peaks and troughs in electricity supply across the day and night.”

“Novel charging technology will also be investigated – where the car-charging hardware, which is typically attached to a house or charging station, is removed and replaced with software managed by the network operator.”

I’d expect similar programs to be introduced in North America in the coming years. EV’s will become increasingly common this decade: Deloitte projects EVs making up 27 percent of the North American vehicle market by 2030. Assuming people keep driving as much as they do now, that’s a lot of extra demand on the grid. We’re going to need to use dormant cars in creative ways to make sure our grid isn’t overtaxed.


 

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