To avoid overloading or having to strengthen the grid, charging of electric vehicles will need to be organised in a smarter manner. In the coming years, the number of electric cars will multiply rapidly and may reach 1 million e-cars by 2025. If all of these cars start charging at the normal peak periods, this will risk overloading the national grid within 10 years. Simply providing more robust cabling will not suffice. Enexis is developing a smarter use of the existing grid through Smart Charging.

Smart Charging is necessary

With Smart Charging, the limited available charging capacity will be utilised more efficiently, without e-car owners being unnecessarily aware of this. To achieve this, Enexis utilises the available network data, which interested market parties and e-car owners can use in the charging process. The ‘smart’ bit is in the ICT application, making it possible for consumers to charge their batteries at any time, without overloading the grid.