EnergyAustralia, the owner and operator of Australia’s largest electricity grid, is about to embark on a trial data collecting exercise which includes the use of up to 20 electric vehicles (EVs) throughout the Hunter region.
The exercise is aiming to retrieve data in terms of the demands such a car would place on the grid and if the current infrastructure could accommodate such technology.
As we know, progress in this technology has already been made in certain parts of Japan and most of California, USA, where their communities have supporting facilities for EVs as well as hydrogen-powered vehicles. Recharging stations and filling stations for each has allowed their driving public to run environmentally friendly technologies on a day-to-day basis. Now it seems Australia wants a slice of the technology cake to see just how up-to-scratch our infrastructure is.
It’s unknown who is going to ‘test’ these cars yet as EnergyAustralia hasn’t confirmed the finer details. The experiment is a government-funded initiative though so it would make sense to introduce the cars into their current company car lineup. The cars in question are likely to be a mixture of Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, Nissans and Renaults.
Look out for updates on the EV trial in the near future.