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Milton Keynes EV drivers wanted for tech trial

EV being charged at home

Electric vehicle drivers in Milton Keynes can now apply to trial domestic smart chargers, vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers and home battery storage, with the option to keep the equipment at the end of the project.

The project is investigating ways to balance the peaks of electricity use associated with charging electric vehicles at home. CrowdCharge is delivering the trial on behalf of Milton Keynes Council, with Flexitricity as the energy demand response partner.

The Domestic Energy Balancing EV Charging project aims to trial a range of charging technologies, using CrowdCharge’s digital charger and battery energy management platform. The ultimate aim is for these technologies to be available for EV owners to save money and reduce demand on electricity networks through balancing the load on the grid.

Trial participants will receive an incentives to meet minimum participation parameters and will also be able to keep the technologies at the end of the trial.

The project also plans to engage with a small number of households that have solar PV equipment already installed.

Councillor Martin Gowans, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, says: “The Domestic Energy Balancing EV Charging project is one of four pioneering trials which will place Milton Keynes at the forefront of developments in electric vehicle charging technology. The trials, which are part of the city’s Go Ultra Low programme, will focus on advancing and testing new technologies.”

Mike Potter, CEO of CrowdCharge, said: “It’s our passion to show the world how low carbon technology such as EVs can not only be accommodated in the electricity system but can also help everyone to use more renewable energy.”

The application process for the Domestic Energy Balancing EV Charging project is now open. No home visits will take place during the current COVID-19 restrictions; the timescales for charger installations are subject to confirmation based on government advice in relation to COVID-19.

For more information and to apply to join the project visit: crowd-charge.com

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