The pioneering EV project ‘My Electric Avenue’ has announced that Marlow, in Buckinghamshire, will be the first to partake in their technical trials.
Last month Next Green Car reported that ‘My Electric Avenue’ had finished the recruitment process for their technical trials. The next stage is now underway; with nine Nissan Leaf’s, to be used over an 18 month period, being delivered to a street in Marlow.
Marlow is the first of eleven ‘residential clusters’ around the UK. The others being Chineham, Chiswick, Lyndhurst, South Gosworth and Wylam, with two more in South Shields. In addition, there will be two “workplace-based clusters; Slough Borough Council and Your Homes, Newcastle.
The £9m project is led by EA technology and hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD is the first of its kind. It will provide whole streets’ with electric vehicles and measure what impact this has on the National Grid.
The participants will receive charging points and equipment, in addition to their Nissan Leaf’s, that will monitor and control the increased demand of electricity. My Electric Avenue hopes to find a solution in managing the network that would avoid digging up roads to install higher capacity electric cables.
Caroline Birkbeck, who is partaking in the trials, gave her thoughts on the project:
“The Nissan LEAF is the perfect car for short and medium length journeys. It’s also incredibly cheap to recharge, with running costs of just 10-15% of our diesel car. I’m delighted to be part of this trial, it’s already showing that electric vehicles are an ideal form of transport today, and they are likely to become even more popular as their technology develops in the future.”
So far the project has been a huge success, exceeding Ofgem’s recruitment and customer engagement targets for the trials. A success ‘My Electric Avenue’ accredits largely to its ‘cluster champions’, who advocated the trials to their local community.
The technical trials are now fully subscribed; however, there is still a chance to get involved in the social trials. Find out more on the My Electric Avenue website.
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