Electric cars key to driving change in UK’s energy supply industry

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The companyLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... » offers national and local power grids servicesLancashire set to invest £15 million on electric car chargers. Read more ... » from your battery, making more money that it will later split with you, perhaps as “free miles” for your car.

This sounds like a far-off vision of the future. But the scenario will be reality next year for British households able to afford a new NissanAU: Nissan Exec: Reliable 125 Miles Of Range Coming To LEAF By 2016. Read more ... » LeafNissan LEAF 2016 electric car upgraded with improved range. Read more ... » electric carChanging Times in Hemel: Bright sparks finally switch on to electric car charging. Read more ... » and willing to allow energy firm Ovo to fit a special chargerSub £7,000 electric car leads charge to an economical future in Derby (Fluence). Read more ... » in their home.

“The customer has to wantNext wave of EV adopters want more from their car. Read more ... » to do it and understand it, and allow someone else to have some degree of control over their chargingUK: Rockingham installs EV charging points. Read more ... » patterns for some form of rewards,” said Tom Pakenham, head of electric vehiclesFinally: UK accelerates towards 'electric car leadership'. Read more ... » at Ovo.

In his view, everyone benefits: individuals, suppliers and energy networks coping with the increasing, but variable, amount of wind and solar powerSolar Roof for Auxiliary charge is a must. Read more ... » flowing through their cables.

“Electric vehiclesUK: Rockingham installs EV charging points. Read more ... », like all vehicles, are an under-utilised asset: carsLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... » are parked 92% of the timeAmazing: Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe. Read more ... », doing nothing. SoEcotricity's Electric Highway Grid in UK is to grow and cover entire UK motorway network. Read more ... » why not make some useUK: Rockingham installs EV charging points. Read more ... » of it, to allow usUS: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 in EV Mode; Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs. Read more ... » to deploy renewables on the grid, and to allow the owner of the car to benefit somehow?” he said.

It is not just medium-sized challenger companies like Ovo eyeing this emerging opportunity. Big-six firm E.ON launched a tariff last week targeting owners of electric cars#ElectricCar will become common sight, says Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Read more ... », offering electricityChanging Times in Hemel: Bright sparks finally switch on to electric car charging. Read more ... » at night – when most of the UKUK: Rockingham installs EV charging points. Read more ... »’s 100,000 plug-inWhy UltraLow Emission Car? #ev. Read more ... » cars are charged and when energy demand is usually at its lowest – at prices a third cheaper than in the daytime.

“The next big challenge is going to be how we integrate all these electric vehicles into the grid systemLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... »,” said Dr Chris Horne, head of origination at E.ON. “In time, you can see how this is a complete change1/2: Ultra low emission motoring in the UK information including the government’s long-term commitment to this issue. Read more ... » in the way we think about energy, motoring and vehicles.”

The GermanAmazing: Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe. Read more ... » firm is exploring the sort of vehicleLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... »-to-grid technologyLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... » being usedChanging Times in Hemel: Bright sparks finally switch on to electric car charging. Read more ... » by Nissan and Ovo. E.ON thinks the conceptSwatch says it has a better electric car battery. Read more ... » may begin to become more mainstream in the next decade, boosted by a £20m government1/2: Ultra low emission motoring in the UK information including the government’s long-term commitment to this issue. Read more ... » fund for projects starting next year, and the greater availability of electric car modelsElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » – not all are capable of it.

This switchChanging Times in Hemel: Bright sparks finally switch on to electric car charging. Read more ... », from individuals potentially giving back power to their supplier, as well as taking it, marks the beginning of a whole new relationship between energy company and citizen.

On the one hand, cheaper solarSolar Roof for Auxiliary charge is a must. Read more ... » and energy storageDrivers could save £400 each year - Read more about this great deal. Read more ... » at home could, as one researcher at Imperial College recently put it, “bleed revenues from the utilities sector”.

“Our relationship with the grid will become quite different, from being utterly dependent on the grid for power, people may become a bit more interdependent, giving or taking,” said Dale VinceAnd so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways. Read more ... », founder of greenLighter, better density electric battery for small #electricCar is SmartBatt's goal. Read more ... » electricity firm EcotricityAnd so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways. Read more ... ».

“There’ll be a role for energy companies, it’ll just be very different. It could be considerably diminished in terms of energy supply, if you go far into the future,” he added.

On the flip side, helping a customer with the complex task of exploiting their battery is an opportunity for energy companies to move beyond just supplying electricity and gas, where priceWhy UltraLow Emission Car? #ev. Read more ... » is still the main differentiator, into being providers of a rangeElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » of energy services.

British GasElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » has already started down this road, offering a range of smart home products under its Hive brand and launching a siteUK: Rockingham installs EV charging points. Read more ... » to find tradesmen.

Horne said electric cars offered a chance for firm to change their relationship with consumers, and focus on offering them “solutions”, not just power.

“We think people can become their own energy-independent unit and we’re excited by that vision and need to support it. But, obviously, if people don’t buy energy from us, we need to find other ways to have relationships with them, and to supply them with products and services,” said Pakenham.

Robert Llewellyn#ev proud: Scotland hosts first electric car rally. Read more ... », the actor and writer, knows all about that changing relationship. An advocate for electric cars and renewable energyBBC: Hadrian's Wall gets electric car charging points. Read more ... », he has had a battery-powered car and solar power for seven years, and the solar panelsCar Loan 4U finance first Mia electric car in the UK. Read more ... » were upgraded this year. “It’s changed my relationship with my energy supplier – I give them much less money. Since May, I’ve been around 85% powered by solar,” said Llewellyn, best known for playing mechanoid Kryten in Red Dwarf.

“My one house makes no difference, but if there were 5m homes with [solar and electric cars], it would really help the national gridKeeping up with chargeable devices, electric vehicles and renewable energy. Read more ... » and reduce the costsFinally: UK accelerates towards 'electric car leadership'. Read more ... » of generating power,” he said, referring to the £3bn annual costElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » to consumers of running the UK’s energy networks.
You drive home and plug in your electric car, telling an app how many miles you need the next day. As you eat dinner, relax and sleep, your energy supplier takes control of your battery, using it to buy power when it’s cheap, selling it back later when high demand pushes prices up.

The company offers national and local power grids services from your battery, making more money that it will later split with you, perhaps as “free miles” for your car.

This sounds like a far-off vision of the future. But the scenario will be reality next year for British households able to afford a new Nissan LeafWhy UltraLow Emission Car? #ev. Read more ... » electric car and willing to allow energy firm Ovo to fit a special charger in their home.

“The customer has to want to do it and understand it, and allow someone else to have some degree of control over their charging patterns for some form of rewards,” said Tom Pakenham, head of electric vehicles at Ovo.

In his view, everyone benefits: individuals, suppliers and energy networks coping with the increasing, but variable, amount of wind and solar power flowing through their cables.

“Electric vehicles, like all vehicles, are an under-utilised asset: cars are parked 92% of the time, doing nothing. So why not make some use of it, to allow us to deploy renewables on the grid, and to allow the owner of the car to benefit somehow?” he said.

It is not just medium-sized challenger companies like Ovo eyeing this emerging opportunity. Big-six firm E.ON launched a tariff last week targeting owners of electric cars, offering electricity at night – when most of the UK’s 100,000 plug-in cars are charged and when energy demand is usually at its lowest – at prices a third cheaper than in the daytime.

“The next big challenge is going to be how we integrate all these electric vehicles into the grid system,” said Dr Chris Horne, head of origination at E.ON. “In time, you can see how this is a complete change in the way we think about energy, motoring and vehicles.”

The German firm is exploring the sort of vehicle-to-grid technology being used by Nissan and Ovo. E.ON thinks the concept may begin to become more mainstream in the next decade, boosted by a £20m government fund for projects starting next year, and the greater availability of electric car models – not all are capable of it.

This switch, from individuals potentially giving back power to their supplier, as well as taking it, marks the beginning of a whole new relationship between energy company and citizen.

On the one hand, cheaper solar and energy storage at home could, as one researcher at Imperial College recently put it, “bleed revenues from the utilities sector”.

“Our relationship with the grid will become quite different, from being utterly dependent on the grid for power, people may become a bit more interdependent, giving or taking,” said Dale Vince, founder of green electricity firm Ecotricity.

“There’ll be a role for energy companies, it’ll just be very different. It could be considerably diminished in terms of energy supply, if you go far into the future,” he added.

On the flip side, helping a customer with the complex task of exploiting their battery is an opportunity for energy companies to move beyond just supplying electricity and gas, where price is still the main differentiator, into being providers of a range of energy services.

British Gas has already started down this road, offering a range of smart home products under its Hive brand and launching a site to find tradesmen.

Horne said electric cars offered a chance for firm to change their relationship with consumers, and focus on offering them “solutions”, not just power.

“We think people can become their own energy-independent unit and we’re excited by that vision and need to support it. But, obviously, if people don’t buy energy from us, we need to find other ways to have relationships with them, and to supply them with products and services,” said Pakenham.

Robert Llewellyn, the actor and writer, knows all about that changing relationship. An advocate for electric cars and renewable energy, he has had a battery-powered car and solar power for seven years, and the solar panels were upgraded this year. “It’s changed my relationship with my energy supplier – I give them much less money. Since May, I’ve been around 85% powered by solar,” said Llewellyn, best known for playing mechanoid Kryten in Red Dwarf.

“My one house makes no difference, but if there were 5m homes with [solar and electric cars], it would really help the national grid and reduce the costs of generating power,” he said, referring to the £3bn annual cost to consumers of running the UK’s energy networks.
For Llewellyn, electric cars, batteriesAU: Nissan Exec: Reliable 125 Miles Of Range Coming To LEAF By 2016. Read more ... » and solar power are most exciting not at individual level but at community level, citing his Gloucestershire village’s efforts to generate its own electricity. “What’s emerging rapidly is community-owned energy generation and distributionMy Electric Avenue leads electric cars away from grid meltdown. Read more ... »,” he said.

This future, where electric cars are used as a key element of our energy system, is not without potential downsides. Vince said he had concerns about the impact on the car battery’s longevity, though Ovo thinks active management of it could even be beneficial. Thinktanks have warned that just six electric cars in one neighbourhood could cause unplanned drops in voltage if they are not charged at the right times of day. And another worry is the social impact of lots of solar- and electric car-equipped homes reducing their reliance on the power grids.

Tom Edwards, an analyst at energy expert Cornwall Insight, said: “If I install a battery in my home, because I can afford to put a battery in, that means I’m avoiding the cost of using the national grid but my neighbours might not necessarily be, and they’re going to have to pick up the slack that I’m not paying for.”

The risk, as he puts it, is that one day, “you’re leftFrom Across the Pond: Is wireless the future of EV charging?. Read more ... » with the whole £3bn bill landing on one old lady in Cornwall”. To avoid that, regulator Ofgem is looking at how paying for the energy networkFinally: UK accelerates towards 'electric car leadership'. Read more ... » might change in the future, such as a phone-line rentalPod Point offers UK’s first lease option of #electricCar Charging Pods . Read more ... »-style chargeWhy UltraLow Emission Car? #ev. Read more ... », rather than being based on the amount of energy used.

There is also disagreement over whether it’s more efficient to produce and store power at a local level, close to where it’s consumed, or at large central power stations with the energy transmitted over longSaab electric cars coming in 2014. Read more ... » distances.

“Making power where it’s used at the home level is the most efficient way to do it because you avoid all the losses of the distribution and transmission system to get it to people,” argues Vince. Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour partyForced hand, clean future? Norway to 'completely ban all petrol powered cars by 2025'. Read more ... » has made such a decentralised system one of the planks of its energy policyNorway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?. Read more ... ».

For Edwards, it’s not a given that greater energy independence for consumers is a goodChanging Times in Hemel: Bright sparks finally switch on to electric car charging. Read more ... » thing. “[It’s] not necessarily, because the most efficient way to generate electricity is in very large power stations. They will be more efficient than anything you can stick on your roof.”

One thing Edwards agrees on is that batteries, along with trends such as more renewables and greater digitisation, mean upheaval is coming. “The system will fundamentally change,” he said.

 

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