Northern Powergrid tool offers response ‘in minutes’ to new EV charging point inquiries

Northern Powergrid has launched a free, online tool that uses real-world network data to help users identify the best locations for new EV charging points.

The company said the new system, called AutoDesign, can provide an indicative connection cost in minutes, instead of the usual 10-day turnaround. It provides a clear indicator of the possible and most cost-effective locations to install EV chargers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Derek Fairbairn, system design manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “AutoDesign will provide real benefits and an enhanced level of real-world insight. It will enable local authorities, EV installers and businesses 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.”

The AutoDesign tool uses simple green, amber and red  indicators to guide users towards the most cost-effective and viable connection options.

Customer and stakeholder involvement informed the system design, which was developed with the support of EA Technology using Northern Powergrid’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA).

Find out more and use the tool here

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