May 24, 2020

Government Backs Initiative to Accelerate EV Adoption

The Federal Government, via the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided $469,380 in funding to Evenergi to help businesses and consumers to make informed choices about electric vehicles (EVs), and help electricity networks to plan for the potential impact of EVs.

Evenergi has launched an initiative aimed at vehicle fleets called the Charge Together Fleets program, developed in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC).

This includes a free online platform – called BetterFleet – to assist businesses to develop a detailed business case for switching to EVs. Fleet managers will be able to develop procurement plans that include economic and environmental assessments of vehicles and charging infrastructure in minutes.

ARENA says that over 100 Australian fleets – including NRMA, Charles Sturt University and Ausgrid – have so far signed up to the Charge Together Fleets program. Charge Together Fleets will also provide Australian organisations interested in transitioning to EVs with a knowledge base, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, a national procurement initiative, and a webinar series.

Next year, Evenergi will also launch an online platform and smartphone app for private consumers which will allow them to find the most suitable EV, arrange a test drive and set up home charging infrastructure.

Evenergi is also developing an Australia-wide planning tool for electricity distributors to plan for and manage the potential impact of EVs on the electricity system. This forecasting framework will take into account current EV electricity capacity, network constraints, travel data, future charging infrastructure, local renewable generation, and capacity management options. The planning tool will be launched in early 2020 with Ausgrid as the first user. It will, says ARENA, enable energy networks to better plan for EVs on their network, ultimately improving grid reliability.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said Evenergi’s online platforms would help inform those who wished to purchase EVs.

“Charge Together Fleets is a free, practical way for fleet managers and businesses to make commercial decisions about the future of their fleet and how they can best transition to EVs with minimal impact on their operations.

“Taken together, Evenergi’s online platforms will help businesses, consumers, and electricity networks make informed decisions about switching to electric vehicles and managing the potential impact.”