We have become the first distribution network operator (DNO) to launch our Electric Vehicle Strategy – and the company is confident it can meet customers’ future charging needs. The strategy has been developed in consultation with local authorities, fuel station operators, government departments, the Welsh government, Go Ultra Low Cities, house builders, vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and Local Energy Partnerships. WPD’s Policy Manager Paul Jewell said: “On average, an electric vehicle (EV) uses the same volume of electricity as a domestic house. At WPD we’re used to designing networks for housing so it’s a case of adapting our existing methodologies to ensure EV charging can be accommodated in the most efficient and economic way.” The strategy covers everything from connections to super 130kW rapid chargers that provide a 35kWh charge in 15 minutes at public charging points, which will usually require investment in a new transformer, to domestic chargers that take around seven hours to provide the same level of charge but often require no network upgrades.
Western Power Distribution 25th March 2019 read more »