Navetas and British Gas help drivers understand real cost of running an electric vehicle
Thursday 14th June 2012
There is little doubt
that electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity across the world, as
governments look to incentivise the sale of EVs and drivers look for more
cost-effective, environmentally-friendly ways of getting around.
In the UK, May saw significant growth sales of
lower emissions vehicles rising by 31.8% compared to the same period in 2011.
And EV sales are forecast to grow to 30,000 cars per
annum in 2014.
But while EVs bring
the promise of emission-free driving, there is still an energy usage to
consider. While it is easy to see how much a diesel or petrol car costs from
the rising digits on the pump display, until now, knowing how much it costs to
charge an EV has not been possible. Existing home energy monitoring systems
simply don’t have the capability to identify the electricity that is being used
specifically for the EV.
However, that all
changes this month, with a new Navetas and British Gas initiative that will
enable households within a British Gas Plugged in Places region to understand
how much energy their electric vehicle consumes.
For the first time,
households will have visibility of the real running costs of their EV, just as
they would if they filled up at the petrol station. British Gas will install
Navetas energy monitors at the incoming electricity mains supply and customers
can use a consumer internet portal to view the data from any location.
As Dan Taylor,
Director of New Ventures at British Gas, explains, Navetas will help customers
“monitor the energy consumption of their electric vehicle and total household
by providing information in pounds and pence.”
Through the initiative, British Gas will also work with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to evaluate the impact of electric vehicles in terms of energy demand and distribution network management.
It’s an exciting move
for Navetas. Not only does this initiative demonstrate the unique capability of
our energy disaggregation technology in being able to identify the electricity
usage of individual appliances, vehicles and devices, but also the critical
role it can play in informing green strategies and energy distribution across
the smart grid.
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