Who is involved in delivering this trial project?
The 18-month pilot is being run in partnership with the Sustainable Travel Collective’s Big Wheel team and engineering specialists Nortech Management Limited.
The Big Wheel is part of a Nottingham based charity dedicated to reducing the impact of transport on our communities, businesses, roads and environment. It has been operating for over 15 years in and around Nottingham.
Western Power Distribution is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, and is responsible for delivering electricity to approximately 7.8 million customers in the UK. It is not an electricity supply company and does not bill customers in the UK. Its responsibility is to distribute electricity from the transmission network to homes and businesses. You can read more about the LV Connect and Manage project here. All of our installers are experienced and accredited.
The electric charger units are supplied by Alfen-ICU. They’re approved by the Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles. You can find out more information about Alfen-ICU here.
If you’re serious about reducing your impact on the environment and you live in the West Bridgford area of Nottingham, then you might be eligible to join the new LV Connect & Manage trial.
We’re looking for 50 households who already have an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid capable of taking a fast charge – or households that are interested in getting an EV charger fitted to support the trial and to help prepare for the future. If you’ve already got an EV then here are some of the models that are currently capable of taking a fast charge: (don’t worry if you don’t have one of these models – you can still get involved!)
Audi Q7 e-tron
Daimler Smart ED
Kia Soul EV
Mercedes SLS EV
Nissan Leaf (2016 model, when built with 6.6kW charger)
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
“The installation happened promptly and everything was connected up without any problems at all - the installers had obviously properly assessed what was needed. We’ve been using the charger all the time since it was fitted; it’s really easy to use”
- Connect and Manage Champion with 2 electrical vehicles that are used daily
The pilot brings the very latest developments in electric vehicle fast charger technology into the home – all the equipment will be provided and installed for free! The equipment could half the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle battery and it’s provided without customers having to go through the disruption of upgrading the electricity cables into their home and paying for that service. That’s all worth several thousands of pounds and the fast charger could half the time it takes to charge your electric car. If you’ve not already got an electric vehicle then the scheme can help you prepare for the future by installing a unit into your house so you’ve got one ready if you ever purchase an EV. Plus by getting a unit installed you’ll be helping us with really important research (without you even having to do a thing!)
You’ll get the EV fast charger installed and you can also keep it at the end of the trial, if you want. If you decide not to keep it then we’ll remove it and decommission it free of charge. There are only 50 chargers available, so you’ll need to be fast to get one!