TrawsCymru Welsh Government

Project nameMETRO Low Emission Buses – Planning and Deployment Consultancy
Client nameTrawsCymru Welsh Government – United Kingdom
The ClientThe Welsh low carbon agenda sets a sector target to reduce transport emissions by 43% by 2030, which includes a pledge to ensure all buses and taxis in Wales are zero emission by 2028.

As a result, the Welsh Government wants to ensure that all services are operated by ultra-low emission vehicles to ensure the 2028 target is met, as contracts for services are re-tendered. 

Product or services providedZET AdvisoryClient industryGovernment
The BriefThe Welsh Government required support to reach its target of reducing transport emissions by 43% by 2030 (including a pledge to ensure all buses and taxis in Wales are zero emission by 2028).

In particular the Welsh Government has identified 4 key TrawsCymru® and METRO routes on which to explore the potential to transition its vehicles to fully electric buses across the next 12 months.

The ApproachEvenergi was commissioned to plan for and successfully deploy ultra-low emission bus technologies. The approach involved:
  • Assisting the Welsh Government in preparing tendering documents for vehicle and service procurement
  • Assisting with appraisal of bids for the supply of vehicles and associated charging infrastructure
  • Ensuring close synergies between service timetables and vehicle charging requirements
  • Advising Welsh Government on monitoring / contract compliance arrangements required to ensure vehicles and associated equipment are working correctly
  • Working with operators to ensure they have the correct operational and maintenance systems in place to fully optimise the efficiency of the low emission vehicles
The ResultEvenergi continues to work closely with the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales today on a range of different projects to help them reach their goal of becoming zero emission by 2028.

Brimbank City Council

Project nameFleet Transition Plan
Client nameBrimbank City Council
The ClientBrimbank City Council is a major local government in Victoria with a goal for zero-emissions fleet operations by 2030 (and sooner where possible).
Product or services providedZET Advisory

BetterFleet

Client industryLocal Government
The BriefThe key requirement of Brimbank Council’s Fleet Transition Plan (FTP) was to guide a transition of Council’s fleet to zero emissions technologies by providing a business case for the transition of the Council’s vehicles to zero emissions by 2030, and sooner where possible. This fleet included more than 300 Waste Collection, Commercial Trucks, Passenger vehicles, Buses, Utes and Vans.
The ApproachEvenergi developed a clear methodology for delivery of the Fleet Transition Plan based on a combination of direct project experience, interviews with hundreds of Fleet Managers and feedback from Institute of Public Works and Engineering (IPWEA) and the Australian Fleet Management Association (AFMA). Core deliverable steps in this process included:
  • Project background/preparation
  • Low-emission vehicle suitability analysis
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Review of value-added services and co-benefits of project
  • Synthesis of data and provision of a detailed fleet transition plan
The ResultBreakthrough findings show that full electrification across light and heavy fleets is viable by 2030. Evenergi delivered an FTP for Brimbank City Council to integrate the various technical and financial considerations required to successfully implement an accelerated transition to zero-emissions vehicles and infrastructure over the next 5-10 years and maximise the opportunities presented by the transition.

This enabled the Council to maximise the benefits of a planned move to 100% renewable electricity in its operations by 2021 as part of a collaborative power purchase agreement.

Client feedback was that it was the best consulting report they had ever seen. 

ACT Government

Project nameAspects of Transitioning to EVs
Client nameACT Government
The ClientACT Government is the governing body that manages the Australian Capital Territory, an area with 430,000 residents. It is responsible for (amongst other things) health, education and transport, policing and garbage collection. ACT has a target for 100% renewable energy by 2020 and is now looking to lead the world in electrification of transport. In 2019 it committed to electrification of 100% of its passenger vehicle fleet – representing over 600 vehicles and in 2020 will announce a series of other measures including electrification of its bus fleet
Product or services providedZET AdvisoryIndustryState Government
The BriefThis project was one of the next steps in ACT’s actions to reduce the impacts of climate change as part of the Climate Change Strategy, and satisfied existing commitments made under the Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021. 

The ACT Government has ambitious targets, and required detailed understanding of all policy interventions available, and a deep dive into a number that show promise. There was a very tight delivery deadline and complex internal and external stakeholder management to consider. 

The ApproachIn response to the ACT request, Evenergi provided the following services: 
  • An international review of best practice regulatory approaches
  • Gap analysis in terms of similarities and differences with ACT context, including:
  • Market review of fleets in the ACT
  • Understanding of key use cases for fleets in the ACT
  • Stakeholder engagement to understand the barriers to adoption for fleets in the ACT
  • Holding online collaborative workshop and surveys with local fleets
  • Analysis of complementary measures that could be pursued in the ACT and potential impacts
  • Report on international and local best practices, analysis of local ACT context including local fleets, barriers and opportunities and example business cases, and a set of clear and concise regulatory and complementary measures.
The ResultEvenergi delivered breakthrough research findings that helped to inform policy decisions and clearly identified a concise set of policy interventions to promote transitioning to electric vehicles in the ACT.  

City of Greater Bendigo

Project nameElectric Vehicle Feasibility Study
Client nameCity of Greater Bendigo
The ClientThe City of Greater Bendigo has a clear commitment to reducing emissions and taking action on climate change as demonstrated by establishing targets for the whole municipality to be powered by 100% renewable energy and meet the zero net carbon emissions by 2036.
Product or services providedZET Advisory

BetterFleet

Client industryGovernment
The BriefIn anticipation of the demand for electric vehicles increasing, and the future application of vehicle emission standards, the City wished to establish a pathway for the transition of the City’s own internal vehicle fleet to a low carbon and electric vehicle fleet where practicable.

Requirements included

  • The development of a pathway for the City to transition to electric vehicles (EV’s) to be integrated with existing goals and targets
  • To undertake an assessment of existing fleet infrastructure and usage requirements, including mileages travelled, range of vehicle types, fuel consumption and costs, maintenance requirements and costs, emissions intensity of vehicle types, total emissions from vehicle fleet based upon vehicle motor type and km’s travelled
  • Identification of alternative low emission vehicle options (EV’s) detailing costs, km range, battery types etc.as well as recharge technology options and power requirements at site
  • Guidance to decision makers for cost impacts of energy technology and systems
The ApproachEvenergi collated all the data associated with the City’s fleet including passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles (LCV’s) and heavy use vehicles. The energy and emissions profile was assessed for vehicle types collectively, establishing the most recently available data as a benchmark for future comparative analysis. Approach included:
  • Overall fleet suitability analysis
  • Understanding current  Fleet policies and processes
  • Determining fit for purpose vehicles
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Detailed fleet analysis – Range suitability of vehicles
  • Run potential optimisations/models
The ResultEvenergi’s abilities to forecast the future energy demand for Bendigo’s recharge requirements led to the most cost effective pathway for the transition of the City’s own internal vehicle fleet to a low carbon and electric vehicle fleet

Go-Ahead Singapore

Project nameElectric bus network study
Client nameThe Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Go-Ahead Singapore
The ClientThe Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has made a commitment to the implementation of a clean energy bus fleet by 2040 (including hybrid, electric and hydrogen buses). Go Ahead Singapore currently operate Loyang depot, which contains close to 400 buses. Go-Ahead singapore runs 30 routes in Singapore with over 900 employees and a contract value of over $500 M 
Product or services providedZET Advisory

BetterFleet

Client industryBus Operators
The BriefThe LTA were interested to see how this fleet could be electrified and what operational impacts this may have and launched a collaborative process to work with operators to develop the potential future bus electrification strategy. Go Ahead needed a way to quickly analyse their existing bus routes to present some alternatives to the transit authority. They needed a robust answer, and they needed it quickly.
The ApproachGo-Ahead and Evenergi worked in partnership to model 60%, 80% and 100% electrification scenarios using scheduling data from the existing fleet of buses.

Using Evenergi’s multi-physics based software BetterFleet, a digital twin of the depot was created and electrification scenarios were modelled. Very granular modelling was conducted, running every bus on every route and looking at the impacts of factors such as passenger load, air conditioning and vehicle type to determine suitability for electrification.

The ResultEvenergi developed a fleet transition and infrastructure plan and  provided a strategy that will lead to significant investment in new electric buses and infrastructure in Singapore

The results of the modelling have shown that up to 100% electrification of the existing fleet can be achieved with minimal to no impact to the existing operations and Peak Vehicle Requirement (PVR).

Evenergi continues to work closely with the Go-Ahead group and the Singapore LTA today to help support their vision to become a clean energy fleet by 2040.

Ausgrid

Project nameNetwork Wide Electric Vehicle Forecasts
Client nameAusgrid
The ClientAusgrid is the largest distributor of electricity on Australia’s east coast, providing power to over 1.7 million customers. The Ausgrid network is made up of substations, powerlines, underground cables and power poles, spanning 22,275 square kilometres
Product or services providedZET Advisory

GridFleet 

Client industryUtilities
The BriefTo provide a projection of electric vehicle maximum demand impacts by postcodes in Ausgrid’s network (225 postcodes in total) that can be used as an input to Ausgrid’s post model adjustment for the zone substation spatial demand forecast for 2020.
The ApproachEvenergi, with the collaboration of Ausgrid, has built a bottom-up modelling tool (GridFleet) for predicting the impact of electric vehicles on distribution Networks. By applying the fundamental principles and algorithms of GridFleet’’s typology-based methodology, the following method was adopted to deliver this project:
  1. Project electric vehicle maximum demand impact based on data obtained for each of the 225 postcodes in the Ausgrid license area based on data obtained from key data sources such as Australian Bureau of Statistics and Ausgrid zone substation interval data.
  2. Produce hourly interval typical load profiles for summer weekday, summer weekend, winter weekday and winter weekend out to 2040
  3. Provide scenario modelling for the five scenarios identified in the Integrated System Plan
The ResultThe data was used by Ausgrid in its submission to the Australian Energy Market Operator for billions of dollars of annual investment  and will help drive better investment decisions around network planning.

Essential Energy

Project nameEssential Energy Charging Infrastructure plan 
Client nameEssential Energy
The ClientEssential Energy is a NSW Government-owned corporation, with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia’s largest electricity network – delivering essential network services to more than 800,000 homes and businesses across 95 per cent of NSW and parts of southern Queensland.
Product or services providedZET Advisory

GridFleet

Client industryNetwork Providers
The BriefEvenergi was commissioned by Essential to create a forecast of the potential impact of electric vehicles on their network. Essential’s network is vast and diverse as it spans most of the regional NSW, containing long interconnecting lines with small loads, as well as large regional centers.
The ApproachThis work involved mapping future EV infrastructure within Essential’s network, looking at both the impacts that local EV uptake will have in regional centers as well as inter-regional travel that will cause holiday peaks in areas that may not have the electrical network capacity to support them.

The approach involved:

  • Electric vehicle adoption forecasting
  • Validating access to power
  • Infrastructure planning and investment in charging infrastructure networks
  • Reporting and presentations
  • Charging infrastructure economic modelling
  • Charging infrastructure strategic planning
Short descriptionEvenergi was commissioned by Essential to create a forecast of the potential impact of electric vehicles on their network. This involved mapping future infrastructure across the entire network
OutcomeElectrical load profiles were developed out to 2040 and provided to Essential to include in their forecasting and asset planning. This project gave Essential planners insights into the opportunities to use EV load to better utilise their assets, which in some cases can lead to better energy pricing outcomes for consumers.

Ausgrid and NSW DPIE

Project nameMapping the impact of Electric Vehicles on NSW Electricity Grid
Client nameAusgrid and NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment
About clientAusgrid is the largest distributor of electricity on Australia’s east coast, providing power to over 1.7 million customers. The Ausgrid network is made up of substations, powerlines, underground cables and power poles, spanning 22,275 square kilometres
Product or services providedZET Advisory

GridFleet

Client industryNetwork Providers
Client requirement  Prior to this study, there was no clear way to predict the future impact of electric vehicles on the electricity network in NSW. Evenergi conducted modeling to predict the impact of electric vehicles on distribution networks across 225 postcodes in Ausgrid’s licensed distribution area, using GridFleet’s typology-based methodology.
Evernergi approachThe approach to this project was to:
  1. Forecast EV uptakes for each postcode and by vehicle classification within that postcode (i.e. buses, heavy vehicles, private vehicles, etc.)
  2. Determine how key influencers such as battery range improvement, shifts to carshare, and autonomous vehicles, the capability of vehicles to charge at certain rates, and others will impact the charging behaviors of EVs and the resultant effect this will have on the network.
  3. Develop a set of outputs that can be easily integrated into existing processes and import seamlessly into existing software used by Ausgrid.
  4. Produce half-hourly interval electrical load profiles, split by typology (buses, carparks, DC fast charging, fleets, and residential) and forecast out to 2040.
  5. Deliver an auditable and documented model that the market operator (AEMO) would see as credible.
OutcomeThe project was delivered on time and on budget. A world-first framework was created, along with data collected across the entire network; data that is still being used today.

Subsequent to the program, the product is now being used by several other Network Providers.

Busways Group

Project nameMulti-depot electric bus system implementation
Client nameBusways Group
The ClientBusways is a large privately owned operator with a fleet of over 900 buses running Region 1 for TfNSW. This region will be subject to a procurement process later this year along with the current STA regions. 
Product or services providedZET Advisory

BetterFleet

Client industryTransport
The BriefThe brief required a model for the deployment of up to 200 electric buses in two depots as well as a detailed analysis of bus and charging infrastructure options.

Other requirements included:

  • Development of a strong position in this area to help with tender defence next year
  • Development of a strong position in this area to help with future bids in general
  • Requirement for a clear understanding of options for the EOI process launched by NSW Government
The ApproachEvenergi used the GridFleet platform to emulate the performance of an electric fleet on the Busways routes including the energy costs and energy profile and full total cost of ownership including all required infrastructure upgrades. We also:
  • Overviewed partners and grants
  • Reviewed network constraints on facilities
  • Created understanding of potential for distributed energy generation and demand response to your facilities
  • Provided a high-level understanding of technologies required for the project (eBus, Charging, Energy) and level of readiness and appropriateness to Busways contex
  • Developed candidate ideas against evaluation criteria in collaboration with Busways
  • Provided a recommended EOI bid concept
OutcomeBusways was able to secure funding from government for the initial 24 bus trial.Evenergi also arranged the energy supply partnerships with the largest energy retailer in the country and the local energy distribution business

AEMO

Project nameAustralian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Electric Vehicle Grid Integration Task Force Standards Recommendations
Client nameAustralian Energy Market Operator
The ClientThe Australian Energy Market Operator performs an array of gas and electricity market, operational, development and planning functions. It manages the National Electricity Market, the Wholesale Electricity Market and the Victorian gas transmission network.
Product or services providedZET AdvsioryClient industryNetwork Providers
The Brief The Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP) is a collaboration of government agencies, market authorities, industry and consumer associations aimed at maximising the value of customers’ Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for all energy users. 

This project contributes to the delivery of the DEIP EV Standards Taskforce (Taskforce) 2020 work plan.

The brief was to locate gaps in the EV grid integration standards landscape in Australia where the absence of a standard may lead to negative impact on consumers. It also included a request to catalogue international standards that may be candidates for adoption or modification to cater for the identified gaps.

The Approach
  • Context setting – providing an overview of current state of standards in Australia and potential for customer impacts related to standards implementation (or lack thereof)
  • Undertook a broad initial scan to identify key areas of the standards landscape for deeper analysis
  • Collaborated with AEMO and other Taskforce members to inform the direction of work and identify three to five priority standards areas for deeper research and analysis
  • Focused one on one sessions with identified stakeholders
  • Conducted a gap analysis against current state in Australia and analysis of local requirements.
  • Delivery of a draft report 
OutcomeOngoing