EV research program

In May 2020, we launched the SmartCharge Queensland Research program as a key initiatives of our Network EV Tactical Plan. The program runs for three years and will allow us to better understand EV charging behaviours, associated network impacts and EV owner experiences.

Understanding how different EV drivers charge their vehicles will help us to better forecast demand from EVs, support charging alternatives, minimise network costs, enhance network utilisation and efficiency, and deliver multiple enduring benefits for many stakeholders.

To deliver the program we partnered with Geotab Energy, a clean tech solutions provider of connected vehicle products and services, assisting with the acceleration of EV adoption particularly in North America.

Almost 200 participants were recruited from different geographic areas in Queensland, covering both the Ergon Network and Energex distribution areas, all eager to build an optimised EV future in Queensland. 18 different EV makes and models are eligible in the program.

SmartCharge Queensland is just one of our research initiatives providing us and our relevant stakeholders with valuable data on, and insights into, how Queenslanders think about, buy, use and charge their EVs.

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How data is collected

SmartCharge participants received a 3G C2 connected device that was installed in the EV's OBD II port. The device collects data about how participants drive and how, where and when they charge their EV.

Access to portal

During the trial participants can log into a portal to access all the data associated with their vehicle, and do the following:

  1. Monitor charging by level See the breakdown of charging from different charger levels (Level 1 = 10/15A cable, Level 2 = dedicated wall charger, Level 3 = fast charger)
  2. Monitor battery health Understand the vehicle battery’s storage and power capacity over time
  3. View trip data Kilometres driven, greenhouse gas emissions and battery state of charge by trip
  4. Understand auxiliary load Find out how much energy they are using on other systems such as cooling, heating and USB charging
  5. Gauge ambient temperature Gauge outside temperature during a trip or charge event.

Charging information collected

The following information is collected during the trial:

  1. Charging session Charging session duration, rate of charge, battery state of charge, electricity delivered and location
  2. Trip information Trip duration, energy consumption and distance travelled.