May 17, 2022

AGL and ARENA launch smart home charging trial

AGL and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have completed 200 installations of electric vehicle (EV) smart chargers in homes across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

The Electric Vehicle Orchestration Trial is designed to accelerate the commercialization of different charging technologies and to better understand how customers use them at home.

Christine Corbett, AGL’s Chief Customer Officer, said the project will provide valuable insight into electric vehicle charging and how customers can support grid stability by effectively managing their charging times.

“We are delighted to have completed the installation of 200 smart chargers so that more Australians can experience the benefits of smart charging their electric vehicle at home,” Ms Corbett said.

“Accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles will be an integral technology pathway to decarbonising the Australian economy, but without careful management we risk overloading the grid at peak times.

“Prior to the trial, our customer research revealed that customers were happy to have their charge controlled, as long as they were able to override that control when they needed their vehicle.

“Over the next few months, AGL will test a number of charging scenarios using smart charger remote control via the internet and direct EV control.

“Over the next year, we will monitor the results and receive feedback from our customers. We really want to know what works and what doesn’t work for the customer.

“Projects like this will play a vital role in reducing costs and creating seamless charging operations for our customers.

“We have been a strong advocate for the growth of electric vehicles in Australia, with a focus on supporting access to electric vehicle charging for businesses and households, and this project will enable greater uptake and implementation in the future.”

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the project will provide valuable insights and contribute to ARENA’s smart charging portfolio to help advance the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure.

“Smart chargers will play an important role as the adoption of electric vehicles increases across Australia,” Miller said.

“The installation of 200 smart chargers in Australian homes is a milestone for AGL’s project, which will be used to identify the best way to integrate electric vehicles into the grid, which benefits both the customer and to the electrical system as a whole.

Over the past year, AGL has successfully rolled out its electric vehicle subscription service, offering customers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia the ability to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle without committing to owning it.

Following AGL’s proposed split in 2022, the electric vehicle portfolio will fall under AGL Australia.