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EV connection cost estimator tool aimed at local authorities

Electric vehicle charge point and money

Local authorities can identify the optimal location for charge points and get an instant quote for how much it will cost to connect them to the electricity network thanks to a new service from SP Energy Networks.

Its EV Connection Cost Estimator is part of the Charge Project’s free-to-use ConnectMore online solution and is aimed stakeholders including local authorities, site owners, property developers and charge point operators.

The Charge Project is an initiative from SP Energy Networks and its partners EA Technology, PTV Group and Smarter Grid Solutions to accelerate the roll-out of public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across SP Energy Networks’ Manweb region: Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire, and North and Mid-Wales.

The Cost Estimator, developed by EA Technology, works together with the ConnectMore Interactive Map, which combines current and future transport patterns with existing network capacity in the region to enable stakeholders to identify optimal charge point locations.

John Orr, design engineer at SP Energy Networks, and Charge project lead, said: “The ConnectMore Cost Estimator is another significant step forward in fulfilling our mission of accelerating EV charge point roll-out.

“ConnectMore is designed to make this process as quick and easy as possible, from beginning to end.

“Now, users can go from identifying the best charge point locations to getting a connection quote in a matter of minutes.

“Having budgetary information like this at your fingertips is a major boon when progressing EV charging projects. Installing more charge points in the right locations makes the transition to an electric vehicle a more viable option for people.”

The Cost Estimator provides up-to-date estimations of the cost to connect charge points to a specific point on the electricity network.

By trying out different options regarding the location, ground type, distance, existing demand constraints, potential network reinforcement work, and size of the connection, the tool can be used to identify the most cost-effective charge point connection.

Stephen McNulty, trade services business manager at Warrington Borough Council, said: “The ConnectMore Cost Estimator made it very quick and easy to get an estimate. It will be really useful, especially when looking for areas within the town that will support EV charge points.”

Timothy Butler, manager for the Charge Project at EA Technology, added: “The Cost Estimator will allow connection decisions to be better informed and made more quickly, speeding up the deployment of EV charge points and allowing more efficient use of existing electricity network assets.

“This free web-based solution has turned complex network data into an easy-to-use tool and will play an important part in helping us all enjoy a cleaner energy future.”

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