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Northern Powergrid launches new tool to accelerate EV uptake

Published: 10 February 2020 - Carly Wills

Northern Powergrid has launched a free, online tool set to revolutionise its electric vehicle (EV) connections process. The intuitive new system is underpinned by real-world network data to help users identify the best new EV charging point connections locations.

AutoDesign can provide an indicative connection cost in minutes, instead of the usual ten-day turnaround. It provides a clear indicator of the possible and most cost-effective locations to install EV chargers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Users of the completely free system will benefit from unique access to accurate data and the ability to easily explore their connections options and quickly create personalised budget estimates, ultimately providing greater transparency about network capacity and enabling informed decisions about where to connect.

Derek Fairbairn, system design manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “AutoDesign will provide real benefits and an enhanced level of real-world insight. It will enable local authorities, EV installers and businesses planners to see, in a matter of minutes, the best locations to install chargers and the associated cost. This newly available network data intelligence will significantly improve the EV connections process and help accelerate the clean transport transition.”

Approximately three quarters of local authorities across Northern Powergrid’s patch have declared a climate emergency and are looking for practical next steps to reduce emissions. Transport is the UK’s largest emitter of toxic greenhouse gases. In response, the government has banned the sale of internal combustion engines from 2040, when Northern Powergrid predicts there could be almost 4.5 million EVs on roads across its operational area.

With more people mapping a ‘road to zero’ for their homes and businesses, Northern Powergrid has launched the system to put more accurate real-world information in customers’ hands and improve the experience for those looking to connect.

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