When you talk about the mass adoption of electric cars, one of the common questions raised is always about the additional strain that electric vehicle charging would place on the national grid. A new UK pilot named the ‘Smart Hubs Demonstrator’ could hopefully help to end this issue once and for all.
A collaboration between Smart Power Systems, Flextricity, Flexisolar and Turbo Power Systems, the project aims to use technologies like solar energy collection and local energy storage systems to ease strain on the national grid.
Currently aimed at commercial areas, the companies believe that implementing this technology into car parks and transport hubs would mean that multiple vehicles could charge simultaneously from energy stored within the facility.
Due to the fact the energy has been collected through means such as solar panels and then stored at the hub itself, the electricity provided by the chargers would be completely independent of the national grid.
Should this technology be further adopted and implemented in retail centres, private car parks and airports, we could see a host of large scale charging facilities appear that do not depend on the national grid.
When you consider that the mass adoption of electric vehicles will see a huge amount of people wanting to charge their cars in the above areas, it really does seem like this project could substantially ease the demand that will be placed on the national grid.
Dr Alistair Martin, Chief Strategy Officer at Flexitricity said: “Electric cars and buses are going to be the principal method of transport in just a few years, however, we know that the current grid system will only be able to cope if smart charging and grid management are adopted across the network.
“I believe that smart vehicle charging will be the difference between the success and failure in reaching our electric vehicle ambitions. Having the ability to recharge in a short time using a grid-friendly infrastructure will have a huge impact on the electric vehicles market – it really is a question about how quickly we can deliver this capability.”
We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this project as we’re excited to see where it will lead. What do you think of this technology, do you think it could help? We’d love to read your opinion on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.