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AlectraDrive @Work

The goal of AlectraDrive @Work is to demonstrate the value of a smart electric vehicle (EV) charging system that manages the flow of electricity needed to serve the building and EV charging stations, so that electricity costs are minimized while EV drivers have an easy and accessible charging solution. This program aims to encourage the adoption of EV technology while helping businesses to manage their energy costs.

How does AlectraDrive @Work benefit EV drivers?

Workplace charging is recognized as the second most common charging location for electric vehicles, after charging at home. Having charging stations at the workplace gives employees the peace of mind that they will always leave work with a full battery and ready to go. Thanks to the vehicle-side data made available to the EV charging system through technology provided by FleetCarma, the system can ensure that the battery is fully charged according to the driver’s schedule. For drivers without easy access to an EV charging station at home, having access to a charging system at their workplace can help make driving an EV a practical choice.

How does AlectraDrive @Work benefit business owners?

Businesses benefit by having a managed solution that makes it easier to offer EV charging to their employees and guests. This managed solution also reduces the costs of EV charging by scheduling charging at times when electricity prices are low, while providing a tool that can be used to manage the building’s energy use. By integrating with the building’s automation system, as well as on-site battery electric storage and solar power, the host site can further reduce electricity bills while also creating revenue opportunities for demand response and other electricity market services.

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AlectraDrive @Home

AlectraDrvie @Home aims to understand the value of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging systems for homeowners and multi-residential building operators.

The pilot will identify various models for effectively managing residential EV charging, demonstrate value in using distributed energy resources to support EV load management, and help identify a scalable solution for EV charging in Ontario.  Look out for more information coming soon.

York University E-Bus Simulation

Alectra is collaborated with York University to study the impact of e-bus fleets on the electricity distribution system.  The project will develop models and simulations to analyze the performance of full battery-based electric bus (e-bus) fleets, including electric city buses, electric school buses, and their associated charging stations.

The project will identify and evaluate technical best practices for efficient electrification of transit bus fleets in Ontario.

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Advantage Power Pricing (APP)

Alectra partnered with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to develop and compares the effect of different new time-of-use (TOU) rate plans on customers’ behaviour, energy use and energy costs.  The different electricity price plans were designed to give greater consumer control and help Ontario’s power system run more efficiently.

This is one of a series of pilots under way across Ontario led by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to promote a sustainable and efficient energy sector that provides consumers with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.  This pilot is now closed, the results of the pilot will help inform any new changes to Ontario’s current time of use rates.

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