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Electric vehicles

06 November 2018 | Bradford Keen


Progress has been made in the evolving EV charging market, with a 50 MW battery set to be built near carlisle, writes Bradford Keen.

A 50 MW battery is to be built near Carlisle in the Lake District, providing energy to residential properties in the surrounding areas and an electric vehicle charging superhub. The company behind the project, Pivot Power, also received permission to build a 49.9 MW site near Southampton in June.

The Carlisle project will begin construction next July. It will connect to the National Grid’s Harker substation.

Plans for the charging sites include facilities for rapidly charging as many as 100 vehicles simultaneously at different charging speeds. 

Announcements like this reinforce what Tom Donnelly, product strategy manager at Productiv, said during our September webinar, sponsored by e-on Drive. about the EV charging point market.

More facilities are likely to lead to charging costs falling, said  Donnelly. “The development in batteries, in terms of cost for kilowatt hours, has been well forecast and followed the curve quite precisely.” 

The challenge, Donnelly continued, was whether decision-makers act now based on the currently available technology or wait for improved technology. However, Donnelly, e-on Drive’s Hannah Collishaw and Acclaro Consultancy’s Sunil Shah were optimistic about the evolving market.

These plans, as well as the broader plans laid out by government to build an EV charging network, help overcome the concerns Collishaw expressed during the webinar that those looking to promote EV use 

will need to be aware of the availability of charging in their area and how this might impact whether individual businesses choose to charge users for power.