Meridian to investigate new technology to support EV uptake
8 August 2018
Meridian Energy is investigating how smart technology can benefit electric car owners.
The 100 percent renewable energy generator, who has a long standing commitment to sustainability, is conducting a customer trial with four types of electric vehicle smart chargers to help its customers manage their energy. The charging technology is able to be actively monitored by customers through their smartphones.
Julian Smith, Chief Customer Officer at Meridian Energy says, “We know from customer feedback that one of the biggest barriers of increasing EV uptake is perceived limitations around charging. The purpose of the trial that we’re running is to find out how electric car owners are charging their cars and if a specific in-home charger will help to alleviate some of the concerns around electric car charging.”
“With the range of electric cars set to continue to rapidly increase, there is a need to look at different ways of in-home charging to ensure that customers who are already benefiting from off-peak tariffs can continue to take advantage of cheaper overnight charging rates,” said Julian.
The in-home charger can deliver a faster charge and it can be programmed to reach 100% charge when the customer wakes up in the morning.
“This smart technology will not only provide faster charging and more convenience for the customer but it will also help to manage the demand on the local network as charging can be schedule at off-peak times helping to overcome barriers,” adds Julian.
Meridian is committed to continuing to support its customers who are wanting to take advantage of our country’s unique renewable energy profile.
Earlier year Meridian launched a new, nationwide Electric Car Plan, offering customers low night rates from 9pm until 7am, and until 31 December this year, they will also help cover the cost of charging your EV for a whole year.