The Australian Government will support a trial of various electric vehicle (EV) charging methods on 300 users across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. The project will demonstrate how an EV plugged in at home can be best used to store energy and provide it back to the grid.
The trial will also look at shifting EV charging to off-peak periods to reduce pressure on the grid, lowering costs for consumers and maximising the use of renewable energy.
Around 6,700 EVs were sold in Australia in 2019 and sales continue to increase in 2020.
The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said the government would continue to support Australians in their choice of vehicle technology.
‘As the uptake of electric vehicles continues in Australia, we are investing in the technology and infrastructure required to ensure motorists can access what is best for them,’ the Minister said.
‘By trialling new charging technologies within the home, we will better understand the impact EVs could have on our networks and how to save consumers money as they charge.
‘The government is backing a range of technologies, not picking one winner. This follows our “technology not taxes” approach to reducing emissions.’
Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the government will provide $2.9 million toward the project, with the total cost expected to be $8.25 million.
AGL is contributing $5.3 million towards the trial, which also involves partners JET Charge, Chargefox and FlexCharging and distribution networks.
This trial complements the government’s $71.9 million Future Fuels Fund. The fund will assist businesses and regional communities to access infrastructure needed for hydrogen, electric, and bio-fuelled vehicles.