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New EV Charging Methods for Homeowners

image credit: Trojan Lance and Charger in North London as part of the DoorSTEP project; image: Trojan Energy
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As EVs grow in number, they need charging points. For those owners who don't have a garage and park on the street, keeping their new vehicle charged is an issue. Near where I live, a homeowner runs a cable across the sidewalk, which is not ideal.

In the USA, Sunnova Energy, who make solar power systems, have partnered with Chargepoint to deliver a package that consists of a home energy system and EV charger, which makes it simpler for the homeowner. Shankar Achanta, Senior Director of Adaptive Homes at Sunnova. says, "This new EV charging bundle gives homeowners the ability to power their vehicles with the clean energy produced right from their rooftops."

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In the UK a system is being trialled that connects EV street chargepoints to the homeowner's domestic electricity supply. Called DoorSTEP, it is planned to run next year. The chargers, made by Trojan Energy, sit below the sidewalk surface and users access them by inserting a so-called Trojan ‘lance’ to connect the charge point to their vehicle. An underground cable connects the chargepoint in the street to the home’s consumer unit via a small control box installed on the user’s property.

The project is funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with Innovate UK. As part of the project 25 prototype units will be trialled on streets in the London Borough of Brent and in three districts of Oxfordshire.

“Not having a safe and secure spot for recharging is one of the main barriers to people getting an electric vehicle,” said Councillor Pete Sudbury, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment. “That’s why schemes like this are so important. We are delighted to be involved in this trial scheme and will move as swiftly as possible to a widespread roll-out of schemes like this in the near future.”

Clearly many different schemes will be needed to encourage the take-up of EVs for people with varied charging needs.

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