Smarter EV Charging is Key
Smarter technology, and more intelligent charging solutions, are essential for encouraging mass adoption of electrical vehicles (EV) according to Justin Meyer, General Manager at SWARCO eVolt.
Speaking to BBC News, Meyer said complementing technologies such as energy storage with smarter charging solutions with intelligent functionality will play a key role in the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
He also identified on-street charging as a key barrier to greater adoption, saying:
"There are a number of schemes that have been set up by central government, and a specific on-street residential charging scheme to cater for residents that do not have off-street parking. Although this is relatively new, we will see this network start to expand.
"At the moment, I think the majority of homeowners actually do have capacity to charge their vehicle, but it may well become more challenging when those homes move to multiple vehicles wanting to charge at the same facility."
When asked about the recent publication of the UK's National Grid Future Energy Scenario papers, Meyer said:
"They give guidance and comfort that we have sufficient power to support EV charging moving forward.
"What is going to be key to mass adoption is complementing technologies like energy storage and smarter charging solutions that offer intelligent load management functionality."
During the interview, he was also asked about current demand for EV charging points and how the location of charging points is allocated and decided, and replied:
"As one of the early players in the market it has been fascinating and exciting for us to see EV charging infrastructure grow. We have now been appointed to set up charging networks for 91 councils across the UK but, more recently, have seen the private sector really start to realise that they need to do something and take action to provide charging services for their customers and staff.
"Part of our service involves engaging with those individuals from local authorities who are overseeing the electric vehicle charging funding and providing them with support and guidance as to where we think those charging points should be installed, but actually most importantly what type of specification is best suited for that specific location.
"We are also supporting private businesses in the same way."