ACT recent activities
October to December 2020
The Branch held more EV Experience Days on 17 October and 14 November.
In October the Branch moved to affiliate with the Council of ACT Motor Clubs, which runs events such as Shannons Wheels.
We welcomed the ACT Government's EV policies, which included interest free loans for households of up to $15,000, with EV purchase being an eligible purpose; two years of free vehicle registration for newly acquired EVs; and 50 new public charging stations in the ACT.
On 7 November several of our members delivered meals to all ticket-holders to the Conservation Council's virtual "Spring Dinner", which had replaced its World Environment Day Dinner due to Covid restrictions.
Our November monthly meeting had a "two wheels" theme, with presentations on e-bikes, e-scooters and electric motorbikes.
On 30 November the Branch held a workshop to discuss a draft Position Paper on public charging infrastructure in the ACT.
The Branch celebrated World EV Day on 9 September with a display of electric vehicles in the centre of Northbourne Avenue, between the Sydney and Melbourne buildings. The display attracted a number of visitors, including Minister Shane Rattenbury.
The Branch participated in a Transport Forum for candidates in the ACT election. The Forum ,held on 15 September, was organised by the Conservation Council ACT Region, which AEVA ACT joined as a member group during 2020.
An “EV Experience” Day was held on 15 August at the Capital Brewing Company off Dairy Rd Fyshwick. A variety of EVs, supplied by members, were used to provide rides for interested members of the public.
The guest speakers at our August meeting were Dr Bjorn Sturmberg (Research Leader) and Hugo Temby (Research Manager) from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. They spoke about the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, and the REVS (Realising Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Services) trial. This project has a number of partners: ActewAGL, Jetcharge, SGFleet, Nissan, Evoenergy, ANU and the ACT Government.
Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) relies on a bi-directional charger between the vehicle and the electricity retailer and the Distributed Network Services Provider (DNSP, the “poles and wires” company) and fosters new business models and relationships between these entities. Bi-directional chargers have become more compact and are becoming cheaper.
The REVs trial will involve 51 Nissan Leafs from the ACT Government fleet, plus one owned by ActewAGL. When these vehicles are plugged in, they will be available to the national electricity system to inject power within a fraction of a second if required. The EVs will monitor the grid frequency when they are plugged in, and will quickly inject power whenever the grid frequency drops. This will contribute significantly to the prevention of a blackout in such circumstances.
Responding to questions, Dr Sturmberg said that any availability of V2G under the CCS2 standard was probably a couple of years away. Vehicle-to-Home services should be entirely possible. The customer value proposition (ie the attractiveness of a package purchase of a vehicle and a domestic battery) will need to be worked out, and Nissan dealers have already begun to experience inquiries about this. Regulatory approval for V2G in Australia is “quite close”.
The REVS project is waiting for the remainder of the 51 vehicles to be acquired for the ACT Government fleet (there are 15 at present) and for hardware and software development which will be tested early in 2021. Interim reports on progress will be made via ARENA.