Electric Vehicles: broadening access and supporting electricity networks

This is a video of the webinar in which Sivapriya Mothilal Bhagavathy (Priya) and Esther Dudek talked about electric vehicles (EVs), charging them, and the effect of this on the electricity network. Helen Gavin hosted the webinar.

The presentation slides can be found here.

Esther introduced the Electric Nation smart charging project that involved domestic EV drivers with off-street parking. Electric Nation was a two-year field trial of smart charging involving approximately 700 drivers who charged at home, across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales.  The project which had the aim to move demand for electric vehicle charging away from peak times thus mitigating any possible excessive demand.  Esther summarised the findings on charging behaviour, acceptability of smart charging, and the impact of time-of-use rewards.

Priya spoke about the Park & Charge project that focuses on unlocking offroad parking for those people who do not have a driveway to charge an electric car. The Park & Charge project is ongoing, and aims to develop a readily scalable and commercially feasible business model, and accessible chargers, for EV users in car parks.


Speaker Bios

Sivapriya Mothilal Bhagavathy is a post-doctoral research associate in the Energy and Power group at the University of Oxford. She has an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering, a masters in Energy Systems, and a PhD on “Barriers and solutions for high penetration of PV in the UK.

Priya has worked on a number of projects covering distributed generation and its grid integration, whole system energy analyses, power system modelling, renewable energy systems design and operation, and electric vehicles.

Esther Dudek is a Senior Consultant at the power engineering consultancy, EA Technology. She has nearly a decade of experience working on projects to integrate low carbon technologies with distribution networks. During this time she has focused on electricity energy storage, demand side management and electric vehicles.

From 2016 to 2019 she was the technical lead for Electric Nation – a trial of smart charging involving approximately 700 drivers. She was responsible for analysing and reporting on the data from the project, which showed both the technical feasibility and customer acceptability of using smart charging systems to manage the additional load created by domestic EV charging.

Helen Gavin is based in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, working on the Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. She is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources, with expertise in a range of quantitative environmental issues. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, water and energy auditor, programme manager and knowledge exchange, in consultancy and in academia.


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