Answers to some frequently asked questions
Charge will accelerate deployment of public charge points for electric vehicles, by combining expertise in transport planning, electricity networks and in installing and connecting charging solutions.
The project will provide insights into electric vehicle charge point siting based on traffic modelling, taking account of the hardware available and capacity of electrical networks.This work will also include consideration of how smart charging technologies could maximise use of available network capacity, and how electric vehicle uptake will impact the electricity network, both now and into the future.
The learning from the project will be presented in an easy-to-use web-based tool known as ConnectMore.
This is designed to allow users to identify where charge points are needed and can be installed, allowing charge points to deployed more quickly and at lower overall cost.
The Charge project is focused on on-street, destination and en-route charging.
It is expected that drivers will prefer to charge at home or at the workplace. However, a significant proportion of the population does not have access to off-street parking so will require access to public charge points.
Charging facilities will also be required at destinations such as leisure and shopping centres, tourist attractions, and at motorway service areas and filling-station forecourts.
The project will provide better understanding of the impacts of different types of charge points on the electricity network, taking into account location, charge point power, expected utilisation and how charge points are connected, such as managed or smart charging solutions.
The project is led by SP Manweb, a subsidiary of SP Energy Networks.
SP Manweb operates the electricity distribution network in the former Merseyside and North Wales Electricity Board region, which is where the project will be centred, with the aim of rolling-out the benefits across other distribution areas as quickly as possible.
The SP Manweb area covers Merseyside, North Wales and parts of Cheshire and Shropshire in the UK.