ARENA backs EV adoption research in Australia

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.


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