SA Power Networks Project
Major Project Sponsors
Evenergi & ARENA
This Project received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA's Advancing Renewables Program
South Australian Government
South Australian Power Networks
Australian Electric Vehicle Association
Australian Fleet Managers Association Hyundai Australia
Mitsubishi Motors Australia
Daniel Hilson CEO and Founder Evenergi
Contributors to report
Jonny Hanratty and Melissa Gill (Behavioural Architects)
Dr Alina Dini (Verdant Vision and QUT Industry Fellow for technical advice on PEV
490 South Australians and in particular the 45 that contributed their time to assisting us with the research.
Evenergi worked with SA Power Networks and the Australian Renewable energy agency to review the impact of electric vehicles on their network. As part of the project we developed a set of typologies that could related to "hotspots" and mapped against their existing constraints maps. We were able to understand the thresholds for capacity and provide them with a view on potential impacts for their next regulatory period.
The overarching goals of the program were to identify how to:
Accelerate the adoption of PEVs,
Ensure that they are powered by renewable energy, and
Ensure the infrastructure to support them is implemented inthe most capital efficient manner possible.
The selection of South Australia was based on a hypothesis that to drive adoption it is important to focus on thegranular attributes of a specific region. South Australia was an ideal choice due to the existing high penetration of renewable energy (both rooftop solar and grid scale), and many other ideal demographic characteristics such as a high proportion of off-street home parking and an environmentally conscious population.
There were three key parts to the program:
1. The Charge Together project
Accelerating the demand for renewably powered PEVs in Australia - involving community outreach and behavioural research that aimed to dig beneath stated barriers to PEV adoption, to uncover underlying behaviours that played out when consumers were led through an actual buying activity. A series of practical interventions were then developed and proposed.
2. A home energy study
that involved monitoring 45 homes and vehicles to understand the impacts on those homes ofowning a PEV, and specifically the impacts of then addingsolar/batteries.
3. A study of the impacts of renewably powered PEVs on the South Australian grid
that led to a series of recommendations around how to ensure that PEVs could reduce costs of electricity to consumers, and help to maximise propagation of renewable energy.
THE KEY DELIVERABLES FROM THE PROGRAM WERE:
A public total cost of ownership calculator
PEV Drive Day
Home energy study and findings
PEV-Drive app and data
Key Report 1: Accelerating the adoption of renewably powered PEVs
Key Report 2 :Managing the impacts of renewably powered PEVs on distribution networks