We are well underway with the V2G trail, our system has been running flawlessly for, well a long time possibly since October so thats great news, and for the many its also great news that the long awaited software update is almost upon us, the release is due anytime from Kaluza ( don't sit on it too long !!) this should resolve so many of the niggles that a lot of you are having with the stability of the system as well as other bug fixes.
In news from the Fb group we have lots of new installations underway as has been seen and a growing population and far more interaction than I can keep up with some days !!! but its providing positive feed back for all the team, I posed a question about what people would like to get ironed out, well for some reason people decided to DM me but here are the main factors I can across, the biggest issue was stability, but this has been addressed above so lets move swiftly on, the next was the overall app, many people like myself would like to see some changes, is it possible to make it so it doesn't constantly log the user out daily ? can we get the history button moved to the actual home page rather than the sub menu maybe by pressing “so far today’ or the info box below it ? bring back the front page Boost Button, this can be vitally important when you need to make things happen quickly small detail but we liked it on the main page. again the restricted charge has cropped up but I am sure this will be implemented with a “dial function on the charge circle that can be used to set min and max amounts.
Outside the app, it was brought up OVO could show exports on the my OVO app and website when I say show exports i mean this in the same way it shows usage, it was also noted that this month export credits were missed etc but the biggest issue trialists are having it the emails that are automatically generated and the big red writing on the web site saying we need to up our direct debits, we all know the is not true but future users might now be so savvy as to ignore them this intern would actually cost OVO in account interest and this could run into ££££ in the bigger picture.
Concerns have also been raised with regards to what people expect from the trial, it is urged that people fully understand what the equipment is for and how it will work for them or not, this has been explained that this is not for everyone and as such I encourage people to find out more before they join rather than joining and finding out that it doesn't work for them either practically or financially, it would be good to have more enlightenment for people on this thats they can search for when looking into the trial, simple things like losses and the fact it supplies the house first are causing issues as people are thinking they are going to save money when unfortunately “light users” are financially worse off the they would be if they just used a smart charger, this is causing some issues gaining support from prospective future users.
My 2 pence worth ? well as always I would like to see solar included in this trail, the equipment is set to allow this to happen and as such I would like to see it rolled out.
To summarise for this month the V2G trail is ramping ahead with installs going ahead daily, Kaluza support are getting on top of things and reply to customer questions as are OVO and rectifying concerns in relatively quick times, we are seeing less and less issues with the V2G units on a whole (and hopefully even less once Kaluza roll out the software update) so lets see what comes of the first month of this year as we approach the 6 month mark for the trails.
Thanks all from me !!!