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EV trial project seeks new participants

The project will provide essential information about managing the strain on the electricity distribution network from the anticipated increased uptake of EVs. It will also deliver a cost-effective solution to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) that reduces the need for costly and disruptive network reinforcement, and increases the potential for a faster uptake of EVs.

The project already has more than 220 active participants, with more drivers being called for to extend the scale of the data.

To date, My Electric Avenue has been seeking clusters of at least 10 neighbours where each person will drive an EV for 18 months as part of a 'technical' trial to test a new technology.

The technical trial places are now almost full. However, people can now get involved through the My Electric Avenue social trials. To take part in the project, drivers need to switch to an electric Nissan LEAF for a three or four-year period, under an exclusive lease rate.

Applicants can live anywhere in the UK to take part in the social trials, and can apply as an individual or group. There is no requirement to have any technology installed to monitor and control charging at your home.

Although the charging point is not provided as part of the social trial, My Electric Avenue can signpost you to a provider that should be able to install a charge point for no cost, or at fraction of the normal market cost (subject to factors such as suitability of the premises).

As part of the trial, data will be collected from the car to monitor driving patterns, capturing mileage and time of journeys.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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