Electric Vehicles


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Skyline is making coordinated electric vehicle data from car dealerships, charge point operators and electricity networks available for the first time to help pave the way for the Net Zero carbon transport revolution.

What is the project about?

The UK is seeing a significant growth in electric vehicles, which will also mean a significant increase in electricity demand. Recent research suggests SSEN could see an increase of 11,000% in the number of EVs on UK roads by 2050. Our data analysts forecast the 99,000 EVs currently in our areas to rise to 3.6m by 2030.

We’re working with fellow electricity network operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), in partnership with the Energy Innovation Centre, ElectraLink and CrowdCharge on the  data-driven Skyline project. It will enable us to pinpoint when and where new electricity demand to charge electric vehicles is coming from with unprecedented accuracy.

How we’re doing it

We’re working with third parties to share early visibility of new electric vehicle (EV) registrations and new charge point connections to help us plan ahead for the projected increase in electric transport. The Skyline project brings together car dealerships, electricity network operators and charge point operators together for the first time. While charger installers routinely update the network when new charge points are installed, car dealerships were not previously involved in the data-sharing process.

What makes it innovative

The project will develop a new digital platform connected to a data-driven Application Programming Interface (API), which allows multiple data sources to feed in crucial data for early visibility of EV uptake. This will create an automatically updated database. With better data faster, we can make better decisions on how to install smart solutions and prepare the network efficiently to save customers’ money over the long term. Digital firm CrowdCharge will develop the computer platform and EV database for the project, and energy market central body body ElectraLink will provide the API. The project will be developed in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

What we’re learning

With a 36-fold increase in electric vehicles forecast over the next ten years, it’s critical that we do everything we can to facilitate that growth to pave the way for a Net Zero carbon emissions future. This collaborative project with our fellow network operator and the wider transport sector is helping us join up our combined expertise to make that revolution a reality. The new data-powered Application Programming Interface (API) will become a critical shared tool that will help us make better plans to facilitate the growth of electric vehicle charge points. From the project, we’ll further develop our forecasting and monitoring efforts to better prepare the network efficiently to save customers’ money over the long term.

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