With the power demand from charging electric vehicles too great for the already buckling London power grid, Danny Jones, Founder and CEO of Off Grid Energy – a leading energy technology company – recently stressed the importance of battery storage and smart charging systems as the take up in EVs increases exponentially.
Earlier this year, UPS – in conjunction with UK Power Networks Services – installed Off Grid’s UBESS system which had the task of reinforcing the local grid using battery storage to allow the powering up of the company’s fleet of EV delivery vehicles from the current limit of 65 to all 170 vehicles at its Camden depot.
“The primary issue with the Camden installation was that the incoming grid supply was insufficient to support the additional power demands of the new fleet of EVs. The cost of re-enforcing the grid at the substation jeopardized the business case for full electrification of the fleet,” said Jones.
Issues such as these are not exclusive to UPS – EV applications are demanding more power and they need it now.