Aug 15, 2018

ARENA backs EV adoption research in Australia

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February 16 (Renewables Now) - A project aimed at defining the needs and preferences of potential electric vehicle (EV) owners in Australia, and the impact on energy networks of an EV uptake, will get over AUD 172,200 (USD 136,800/EUR 109,500) from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

EV-focused energy provider Evenergi is launching a public participation programme which could lift the adoption of EVs in Australia and also support an increase in the use of home solar and storage systems, ARENA said today. South Australia has been selected for the initial campaign, with support from the state government, South Australian Power Networks, Adelaide Council, and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.

As part of the Charge Together campaign, Evenergi will carry out social media and marketing campaigns to identify prospective EV buyers, and it will then proceeds with consumer research to find what the barriers for uptake are. The company will gather data to build an online tool for consumers to model the influence of rooftop photovoltaics (PV), home battery storage and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy an electric car.

Evenergi’s consumer research is to inform a bigger report outlining barriers and potential infrastructure hotspots for EVs.

“Understanding the potential impacts of EVs on both home energy use and the electricity network will provide valuable knowledge on how EVs can maximise the use of local generation while integrating into a more flexible renewable distribution grid of the future,” said ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht.

Source: https://renewablesnow.com/news/arena-backs-ev-adoption-research-in-australia-602039/

 

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  • Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 from Sustainability Matters. Electric vehicle (EV) advocate Evenergi has received $172,215 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for its public participation program to increase the number of EVs on Australia’s roads and boost the number of solar and storage units installed in homes. Evenergi’s Charge Together program will involve a social media and marketing campaign to identify prospective EV buyers and undertake consumer research to help understand the barriers for uptake. Participants will receive a home and car monitoring system which will emulate the cost and logistics of owning, charging and maintaining an electric car. With the data collected, Evenergi will build an online tool for consumers to model the influence of rooftop solar, home batteries and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy EVs. Evenergi’s research will subsequently inform a report for government and industry that will identify barriers and potential infrastructure hotspots, as well as lay the groundwork for EV charging stations as uptake increases. The program will also show how electric cars can work together with rooftop solar and battery storage to reduce the load on the grid, and will provide energy networks with insights into the impact of electric cars on the grid. Program participants will be eligible to win prizes and will be offered rewards from Renault, Mitsubishi, AGL, Hyundai, Nissan and other industry leaders. The $349,573 program will be rolled out initially in South Australia, following a successful trial in the UK, and involves partnerships with South Australian Power Networks, Adelaide Council, the SA Government and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association. If successful, it could be expanded into other states. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the project will help indicate why Australians have not embraced electric cars, what the barriers to uptake were and to encourage further investment. The project would also help to deliver on ARENA’s investment priority of improving Australia’s energy productivity. “Understanding the potential impacts of EVs on both home energy use and the electricity network will provide valuable knowledge on how EVs can maximise the use of local generation while integrating into a more flexible renewable distribution grid of the future,” Frischknecht said. Evenergi founder and CEO Daniel Hilson said Evenergi is committed to accelerating electric vehicle adoption in Australia, with the company’s experience in the UK demonstrating that “regional programs are a key part of putting in place the incentives and infrastructure required to support this”. “With the support of ARENA and the project partners, this program will encourage more Australians to consider electric cars and will help government and industry overcome the barriers to uptake,” Hilson said. For more information, visit www.chargetogether.com/southaustralia/ . Source: https://www.sustainabilitymatters.net.au/content/sustainability/news/encouraging-australians-to-embrace-electric-vehicles-365613109
  • SA Power Networks and Evenergi have today signed an agreement to work together to help drive EV adoption in South Australia. SA Power Networks joins the South Australian Government and ARENA as partners in Evenergi’s Charge Together campaign, and will work with Evenergi to understand the impacts of EVs on the South Australian electricity distribution network. This study is particularly focused on the potential "charging hotspots" in an electrified and autonomous vehicle future, to ensure that the network is shaped to support this new paradigm. Bryn Williams, Future Network Strategy Manager at SA Power Networks, said “At SA Power Networks we think that electric vehicles will play a growing role in South Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy. We’re pleased to work with Evenergi in this exciting initiative, which will support prospective EV buyers in South Australia and deliver valuable insights into how EVs will interact with the grid.” Daniel Hilson said " We are proud to be working on this campaign with SA Power Networks. Their enthusiasm from day one shows their progressive leadership and willingness to embrace the electrified vehicle future."
  • By Renew Economy ( Sophie Vorrath ) 16 February 2018: A new ARENA-backed campaign is hoping to help crack the nut of Australia’s electric vehicle problem, by identifying both the barriers preventing uptake, as well as the key incentives that might drive a consumer to make the switch to an EV. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency said on Friday that it had granted $172,215 in funding to a public participation program called Charge Together, designed by local start-up EVenergi. ARENA said Charge Together would involve a social media and marketing campaign to identify prospective EV buyers, and use consumer research to help understand where the Australian market is going wrong on electric vehicle uptake. As we have reported on RenewEconomy, electric vehicles have so far failed to thrive in the Australian automotive market , thanks to a vicious circle of policy inaction and what has been perceived as a general lack of consumer interest. Participants in the Charge Together program would be given a home and car monitoring system which will “emulate the cost and logistics of owning, as well as charging and maintaining an electric car.” EVenergi would then use this data to build a mobile app and online platform to help consumers to model the influence of rooftop solar, home batteries and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy EVs. The idea is to optimise the buying and owning an electrical vehicle by giving customers access to significant discounts on selected EV related products and services, and by incentivising them to charge in ways that could help reduce strain on the electricity grid. The research gathered will also be used to inform a report for government and industry, identifying barriers to EV uptake, potential infrastructure hotspots and lay the groundwork for EV charging stations as uptake increases. For participants in the program, a sweetener to the deal will be the chance to win “prizes and rewards” from Renault, which in September last year revealed its pure-electric ZOE supermini and Kangoo ZE van would be made available to Australian buyers within the next “couple of months”. READ MORE: http://reneweconomy.com.au/arena-backs-app-help-fast-charge-ev-uptake-40320/
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