An innovative smart charging project aimed at demonstrating the carbon, cost, and grid benefits associated with switching large logistics fleets to electric models and managing them using AI software is set to kick off in London at the start of next month, it was announced today. Dubbed the EV Fleet-Centred Local Energy Systems project, the trial is spearheaded by electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks (UKPN), alongside energy storage specialist Moixa, delivery giant UPS, public body Innovate UK, and local non-profit the London Cross River Partnership. Starting in May, the project will see the charging of UPS electric delivery vehicles operating from the company’s Camden depot managed using Moixa’s GridShare AI software, in a bid to optimise electric vehicle (EV) charging to take place at times of least demand on the grid and drive energy bill reductions, the firms explained. By collecting and utilising data collected from the project on energy prices, power demand, and weather, the firms said they could optimise charging for when electricity is cheapest and greenest, while also harnessing existing onsite energy storage and solar power generation at the depot.
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