I’ve got an update to share with you about the progress of our Pure Planet EV pilot.
Thanks to the dozens of Members who have been helping us with the first phase of it, which was to help us understand EV drivers’ charging patterns better.
Over the past few months you’ve been really supportive in helping us to collect charging data. We’re especially grateful for your help, as we’d originally planned to do this automatically via new smart meters, but the sudden arrival of Covid-19 put a stop to new installations, so you’ve been manually filling out charging sheets for us. Thank you for this.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the data we’ve been able to collect:
EV charging increase as ‘lockdown’ lifts (graph shows number of EVs charging in a half-hour block, averaged over the day)
EV charging by time of day
EV charging by day of week
Combined time of day and day of week
We can see some obvious trends around time-of-day and also time-of-week, which is really useful.
This means we're going to end phase 1 of the pilot. So those of you who’ve been heroically recording every charge of your EV, can stop updating the charging sheets! Give yourselves a big pat on the back!
If you remember from when we announced the EV pilot way back in March, we’re planning five phases.
Phase 1. Understanding charging patterns, times and frequency.
Phase 2. Testing different EV tariffs.
Phase 3. Home charger installations. This will be working with Pure Planet Members who are about to buy or lease their first EV, and need a home charger installed.
Phase 4. Out and about. Looking at charging options when on the road.
Phase 5. Time of use. The final phase will help us understand how to make better use of smart meter technology, and how best EVs can automatically be charged when wholesale prices are low, and charging paused if there’s a hike in price. The same principles can be tested for charging against the lowest carbon intensity of the grid. . We’d also like to look into integration with home batteries for energy storage, too.
So this means the next phase in our pilot will be testing different EV tariffs.
We’re expecting the first of these to be ready for internal testing soon, and we’ll definitely be looking for Members to help us with feedback before we offer them to all.
During the Phase 1, we’ve also been able to get to know our EV-driving Members a little bit more, and we’re chuffed that some of you have offered to help us design some new EV-buying and journey planning tools. Sorry if our design team hasn’t yet been in touch - they’re planning to contact most of you within the next three weeks or so to set these up.
Finally, we know that we’ve also promised SMETS2 smart meters to EV pilot members who don’t currently have them. We haven’t forgotten! Once our smart meter partner Magnum Utilities is able to start installing them again, you’ll be added to a priority list, which also includes our Members whose appointments were cancelled due to Covid-19.
We don’t have an exact date yet for when installations will re-start, but we’re looking at early July.
That’s it for now. Again, a massive thank you for helping us so far. A big shout out to community members in the pilot:
Pilot update August 2020: Half-hourly readings and new web page designs
Update September 2020: New EV web pages live, home charger partnership announced, EV tariff latest