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Companies sought for EV charging trial

Date: 04 November 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

An EV charging trial being held in parts of England and Wales is seeking participants.

SP Energy Networks says it would like to hear from businesses, developers and chargepoint operators who are currently considering the installation of chargepoints across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire, and North and Mid Wales.

The trial will evaluate the performance of smart charging connections, which can intelligently control the power consumption of EV chargepoints.

It is part of the Charge Product, an initiative by SP Energy Networks and its partners EA Technology, PTV Group and Smarter Grid Solutions, which seeks to speed up the roll-out of public EV charging infrastructure in the region.

Participants can sign up for the trial online.

SP Energy Networks lead for the Charge Project Geoff Murphy said: "Creating a comprehensive EV charging infrastructure is vital to helping our communities achieve their net zero carbon goals and a key part of the 'green economic recovery' of the UK post-Covid-19. 

"To make that happen, we need to safely and effectively manage the demand on the electricity network that increased EV charging will create. 

"We believe that smart charging connections are a vital part of the solution - the results from this trial will improve our understanding of how they work in real world scenarios."