Question for Fionn:
Can you please read here where I’m discussing the unexpectedly high installation costs of the V2G charger Trial. I assume similar issues apply to the Smart charger.
Can we hear more on whether you yet have ideas of how to resolve this issue?
Surely there must be a solution involving pre-installation checks by a local electrician (and the DNO if necessary)?
This would diminish the requirement to have relatively expensive, highly-skilled Kaluza engineers spending time on-site dealing with mundane cabling and supplies that don’t meet the current standards.
As the entire country needs significant take-up of EVs, is this an issue which Ofgem should consider including within the RIIO-ED2 criteria? There must surely be more incentive for the DNOs to upgrade their equipment to the basic standards which would allow the installation of an EV charger.
Best answer by Tim_OVO
Fionn from the OVO Smart Home Team:
Thanks for your question, Transparent.
This is one of the most complex aspects of the trial and will be key to the success of a commercial product.
Trial installations have taught us a lot and we recognise a seamless journey is required at scale. In reference to your suggestion of a local electrician reviewing prior to install, we would ideally like to standardise how the pre checks are done to minimise aborted installs when the set up is unsuitable. This is difficult to ensure with an electrican who may be unfamiliar with the nuances of a V2G charger.
One thing's for sure - pre-installation and installation will be a key focus in the review of the trial!