Aside from STANDARDIZED EV charging sockets, significant progress is being made in providing facilities for EV owners to charge their vehicles.
Commercial charging stations of various types and in various situations are beginning to appear primarily in major cities and adjacent suburbs with deployment expected to continue as government and private enterprise combine to meet an expected exponential growth in demand for such facilities.
Although it may be preferable to have chargers located in cabins, kiosks, gas stations, shopping malls, public buildings and even in a homeowner’s garage, a need exists for many owners of VE who do not have access to off-street parking.
Enter Intellihub which is using local utility poles in a street-side EV charging trial.
Intellihub Group is an Australian and New Zealand-based utility company that provides innovative metering and data solutions to maximize digital services and new energy. The company is a full-service provider of electricity, gas and water networks for residential, commercial and industrial customers, integrated networks and solar meters.
With support from the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in the amount of $871,000, Intellihub is commissioning the first deployment of 50 electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed on street-side utility poles for EV owners without off-street parking across New South Wales.
Intellihub will install EV chargers on utility poles in nine local government areas in New South Wales to meet the needs of EV owners who live in apartments, townhouses or units that do not have access to on-site EV charging.
The utility pole test project is valued at $2.04 million and is supported by Schneider Electric who will provide the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electric vehicle power equipment (EVSE) that will run the service charging. Schneider Electric’s electric vehicle chargers will enable convenient charging, as well as overnight charging.
Origin Energy will provide 100% green energy for the project, meaning that all the energy needed to charge the vehicles will match the equivalent amount of certified renewable energy added to the grid.
The nine local councils participating in the project include the local councils of Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick, Lake Macquarie, Ryde, Singleton, Parramatta, Northern Beaches and Inner West.
The trial aims to highlight the fact that there are currently no regulatory barriers to the use of existing infrastructure already supplied with electricity, such as street utility poles, and will also help to understand the impact of chargers of EVs on the power grid.
If the trial is successful, Intellihub aims to pursue a wider deployment of chargers to more local councils on a commercial basis.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller said utility pole charging provides the perfect solution to increasing the number of public electric vehicle chargers.
“Not all electric vehicle owners have the option of charging their vehicle at home, which is why we are delighted to partner with Intellihub for this trial which uses street-side utility poles, providing a great opportunity to s ‘associate with electric vehicle charging,’ he said. .
“We look forward to seeing the results of the Intellihub trial and hope to see it rolled out across Australia.”
Intellihub CEO Wes Ballantine said: “Up to 10% of new car sales in Australia are expected to be electric vehicles by 2025. This equates to an additional 120,000 new electric vehicles on our local streets every year.
“It is likely that many of these car owners will not be able to charge their electric vehicles at home. Utility poles line most of our public streets, presenting an opportunity for the electric vehicle charging market. It is an accessible, safe and convenient option for charging electric vehicles. »
Around 1.9 million Australian households do not have access to off-street parking.
ARENA says it could be the difference between going electric or staying powered by fossil fuels for around one in four Australian drivers who don’t have off-street parking.
Utility pole chargers do not take up street-level space, require no off-street parking, and can serve up to 10 homes.
The concept is already deployed worldwide. Major world cities, including London, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg; and Toronto are installing tens of thousands of electric pole chargers or streetlights for electric vehicles.
Drivers will use a third-party app to manage their service. They will get information on charging costs, times, billing and other tools for interfacing with the power grid.
Researchers will monitor the number of people using the chargers during the trial and their impact on the power grid.