Artificial Intelligence Meets EV Charging

The UK’s electricity network is set to rocket as the country moves closer to the ambition of a net-zero economy by 2050.  This of course leaves room for doubt from the public, how are we to manage the cost and demand of electricity?

National Grid has estimated overall electricity consumption in 2050 will be 890tWh, (in easier terms… that means A LOT!) which is almost three times as high as the 2020 figure of 304tWh. This will evidently be due to the expected increased use of electricity in energy-consuming sectors such as heating, but inevitably the electrification of the UK’s road transport network will have the biggest impact.

Nation Grid expects EVs to account for more than 80tWH (also A LOT). So how do we manage the demand?

GET SMART – A moto that will make plenty of sense in just a moment.  Moixa is a partner in a project which aims to show how artificial intelligence can break down the barriers to electrification for fleets and ensure cost-effectiveness. Using AI in electric vehicle charge points is seen as key in managing future demands.

How? Simple… Smart Charging. This means EV owners release some control on the best time to charge to third parties or automation based on price. This will act as an effective tool to support the local and national electricity networks.

The most standard form of smart charging points will have the capability for the users to manually set the times a vehicle will be charging, allowing them to make savings by taking advantage of the time-of-use tariffs which feature lower electricity prices at times of high supply and low demand, such as night between 1 am and 5 am.

Fleets that operate a back-to-base model where vehicles are plugged in at a depot can use this to stagger charging times to help avoid costly electricity network upgrades that may be required if all their EV’s are charged at the same time.

The next step in smart charging is to use artificial intelligence so the chargers communicate automatically with the electricity network to respond to changes in the level of supply, demand, and cost. For this to work effectively the user would specify the level of charge needed and the time the vehicle is required by, and the system would manage the flow of energy to the battery to ensure this is in place prior to a journey.

It comes as no surprise the EV industry is finally taking shape, with companies such as Moixa planning ahead to make our journey to zero emissions a smooth one!

That is all for now guys, till next time!

 

 

 

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