A new online tool from Northern Powergrid is designed to help local authorities, businesses and other organisations in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire decide where to install electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment.
AutoDesign draws on real-world network data to help users identify the best new EV charging point locations, providing simple green, amber and red (yes/probably/no) indicators to guide users towards the most cost-effective and viable connection options.
What’s more, it can provide an indicative connection cost in minutes, instead of the usual 10-day turnaround, the electrical distribution company said.
“AutoDesign will provide real benefits and an enhanced level of real-world insight,” commented Derek Fairbairn, system design manager at Northern Powergrid. “It will enable local authorities, EV installers and business 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.”
With growing numbers of people mapping a ‘road to zero’ for their homes and businesses, Northern Powergrid said the system will put more accurate real-world information in customers’ hands and improve the experience for those looking to connect. Users of the free tool can explore their connection options and create personalised budget estimates, enabling informed decisions about where to connect.
“The electrification of transport is essential if we are to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and our future scenarios show that the rate of EV growth will be significant,” Fairbairn added. “We want to actively support the EV transition and ensure our network meets the future needs of our customers and the communities we serve.”