Smart charging, literally "smart recharging", makes it possible to optimize the recharging of electric vehicles. For example:
|Smart charging systems are starting to appear on the market and open up new opportunities for electric vehicle users, but also for businesses, the power grid and the energy transition in general.|
If you produce some of your electricity, with solar panels for example, smart charging systems allow you to align the recharging with the times when your panels produce electricity.
You can also distribute the available electrical load between your vehicle and your household appliances by setting priorities or plan the recharge when the cheaper night rate applies. .
Thanks to smart charging, the recharging of a company's electric vehicles is managed dynamically and fairly (the so-called 'load balancing').
For example, if a company can allocate up to 25 amperes for recharging the electric vehicles in its fleet and has two recharging stations of 16 amperes each:
You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that electric vehicles will multiply on our roads in the years to come. This change in our modes of travel is not without consequences for the electricity network.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the increase in our electricity needs that is likely to pose a problem (according to the CREG, one million electric vehicles would represent an increase in consumption of barely 4%) but rather the peaks in consumption when these vehicles are recharged.
Indeed, the balance of the network could be in jeopardy if all owners of electric vehicles decide to recharge it in the early evening, after coming home from work.
Two observations contribute to the development of smart charging:
This favourable context is pushing the industry to take a closer look at smart charging and the opportunities it opens up, such as vehicle-to-grid. Several pilot projects are on the way: the City-Zen project in Amsterdam and Electric Nation in the United Kingdom.
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