Western Power Distribution (WPD) is to trial new technology to help deliver 217,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in urban spaces by 2023 in a bid to reduce the need for network upgrades. The DC Share project is to be trialed in Taunton in Somerset in partnership with Ricardo Energy and Environment. The trial will see power electronic equipment used to link four local substations across the town centre, allowing them to share their unused capacity to power 15 rapid EV chargers. Of these, five are 100kW rapids, WPD said. The technology allows network providers to make smarter use of the existing electricity network by harnessing spare capacity within existing substations over investing millions in new infrastructure, according to the DNO.
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