This looks like a hugely beneficial trial which will generate a massive amount of data on the demands of commercial and private hire EVs, which represent a large and growing proportion of road users. This data will be invaluable to network operators as they transition to a decentralised, digitised and decarbonised grid. Certainly a lot will change in the three years of this trial as we are seeing phenomenal growth in EV infrastructure and demand from individuals and businesses to 'go electric'. Hyperion continue to support the leading companies in this space to recruit top talent to drive the sector forwards.
The three-year project will see Centrica, Uber and the parcel delivery firm use as many as 3,000 electric vehicles to conduct regular business activities, all the while the impact of their regular charging will be analysed to determine the end-to-end impact on distribution infrastructure such as cables and substations. It has been designed to be intentionally vehicle agnostic and will incorporate depot, home and on-the-road charging scenarios and technologies.