Energy management company Navetas has been awarded a contract by British Gas to help roll out a new initiative that will enable households within a Plugged in Places region to understand how much energy their electric vehicle consumes.
Using Navetas’ disaggregation technology, subject to survey, electric vehicle owners with British Gas charging point will be able to monitor their energy consumption and the cost of charging their electric vehicle over the internet.
The roll out of the Navetas technology will commence in June 2012, as part of an electric vehicle charger package which integrates Plugged in Places funding at point of sale. British Gas will install a Navetas Energy Monitor at the incoming electricity mains supply, to monitor total household consumption, as well as electric vehicle charging data.
Navetas is hosting the consumer internet portal for British Gas electric vehicle customers and will provide a full data managed service to British Gas. This will ensure eligible customers are meeting the requirements for the Plugged in Places funding. British Gas will also work with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to evaluate the impact of electric vehicles in terms of energy demand and distribution network management.
Chris Saunders, CEO of Navetas Energy Management, commented: “British Gas is leading the way in bringing hundreds of electric vehicles into its own fleet and installing charging points across the UK for consumers. By working with Navetas, British Gas can now empower residential customers with energy usage data for electric vehicles and their household overall, allowing them to really understand the energy costs of charging their electric vehicle. With electric vehicle sales forecast to grow to 30,000 cars per annum in 2014, this is an exciting growing market segment for Navetas.”
Dan Taylor, Director of New Ventures at British Gas said “As a leading energy supplier, British Gas is already at the forefront of supporting electric charging innovation in the UK through specialist advice and the installation of charging points for both business and home. We are therefore very pleased to be working with Navetas to help our customers monitor the energy consumption of their electric vehicle and total household by providing information in pounds and pence.”