Northern Powergrid has launched a free, online tool set to revolutionise its electric vehicle (EV) connections process.
The online system is underpinned by real-world network data to help users identify the best new EV charging point connections locations.
AutoDesign can provide an indicative connection cost in minutes, instead of the usual 10-day turnaround. It provides a clear indicator of the possible and most cost-effective locations to install EV chargers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.
The tool, which was developed with the support of EA Technology and a Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) grant, uses simple green, amber and red indicators to guide users towards the most cost-effective and viable connection options.
Users of the system will benefit from access to accurate data and the ability to easily explore their connections options and quickly create personalised budget estimates, ultimately providing greater transparency about network capacity and enabling informed decisions about where to connect.
‘AutoDesign will provide real benefits and an enhanced level of real-world insight,’ said Derek Fairbairn, system design manager at Northern Powergrid.
‘It will enable local authorities, EV installers and businesses planners to see, in a matter of minutes, the best locations to install chargers and the associated cost.
‘This newly available network data intelligence will significantly improve the EV connections process and help accelerate the clean transport transition.’
Approximately three quarters of local authorities across Northern Powergrid’s patch have declared a climate emergency and are looking for practical next steps to reduce emissions.
Transport is the UK’s largest emitter of toxic greenhouse gases. In response, the Government has banned the sale of internal combustion engines from 2040, when Northern Powergrid predicts there could be almost 4.5 million EVs on roads across its operational area.
‘The electrification of transport is essential if we are to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and our future scenarios show that the rate of EV growth will be significant,’ continued Mr Fairbairn.
‘We want to actively support the EV transition and ensure our network meets the future needs of our customers and the communities we serve.’