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EV Charging Infrastructure Plans Progress

Posted in General News on Friday, June 1st, 2018

The National Grid has recently enlisted the help of energy provider, Pivot Power to make its plans for a greatly improved electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure a reality. The National Grid’s £1.6 million project to improve Britain’s EV charging infrastructure will see the installation of enough charging points to provide power to 100 EVs at 45 new sites across the country. Those that criticise EVs have often argued that creating a grand scale vehicle charging network across Britain would place a huge amount of strain on the grid and that the only way to solve this issue would be to make costly upgrades to the system. However, National Grid experts are confident that a combination of energy storage and renewable technology will solve this problem. Pivot Power is looking to make these plans a reality by creating, what the company states, will be the world’s largest battery network which will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 235,000 average homes for a day. National Grid Project Director, Graeme Cooper, commented: “This innovative solution will help accelerate adoption by providing a network of rapid charging stations across the country enabling cars to charge quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible. It will also give the system operator more choice and flexibility for managing the demands in the day to day running of the network, and also help mass EV charging." Pivot Power is planning to install operational batteries at the first 10 sites within the next 18 months.

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