Climate change and local air pollution are two of today’s most significant challenges.
EVs can provide a solution, but EV drivers use twice as much electricity as the average household, leading to capacity challenges with some low voltage electricity networks as more EVs charge at peak times. Upgrades to electricity networks are expensive, so CrowdCharge is looking to develop this platform on projects, and then soon offer a solution to all EV drivers in the form of smart charging.
Example of how CrowdCharge will determine the best periods to deliver energy during an EV charge cycle.
The ideal is to charge an EV for a small period every night – in a time window of around four hours when electricity is cheapest and greenest. One hour of charging per night would allow ~8,000 miles of EV driving per year. But we need to charge EVs at different times to avoid creating a new peak in the middle of the night.
And we should also use electricity when renewables such as wind farms are generating – so the energy isn’t lost.
In the future, CrowdCharge will be able to manage the charging of thousands of EVs to reduce the load on the grid at peak times, and to maximise the use of renewable energy. This will reduce costs for EV drivers and electricity network operators. Although the technology behind CrowdCharge is very clever, for an EV driver, the system is very simple.