Tech Mahindra backs smart EV charging project in Ontario
August 25, 2015
Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro is collaborating with Indian multinational Tech Mahindra to build an intelligent electric vehicle charging system (IEVCS) designed to contribute toward Ontario’s clean energy future.
“The potential load impact of electric vehicle charging on transformers is something that needs to be taken into consideration by local distribution companies,” said Tim Curtis, president of Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro. “This innovative project will provide an alternative to expensive upgrades to our distribution system as our customers contemplate switching to electric vehicles.”
The two-year project, sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative, will analyse the effects of electric vehicle (EV) charging on transformers by creating a real-time transformer monitoring and analytics system. This will have the ability to manage automatically the charging between vehicles to ensure the transformers do not overload as a result of EV charging.
“Innovation is a habit at Tech Mahindra and we continue to build strategies that challenge convention and reshape markets while delivering greater value to our partners,” said Sirisha Voruganti, global head of innovation at Tech Mahindra. “We are excited to have the Ministry of Energy sponsor our project through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative, and believe that our expertise will help build a smarter grid in Ontaro. We are extremely delighted to launch this project in Ontario with Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro to build a cleaner energy future for the citizens of Ontario.”
Up to 15 Niagara-on-the-Lake households will be invited to participate and will be provided with the use of an electric vehicle for four months.
“Ontario is committed to supporting leading-edge smart grid projects in the province that create jobs and secure Ontario’s position as a North American leader in emerging energy technologies,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario minister of energy. “We are confident this project will not only enhance Ontario’s smart grid, but also enable Tech Mahindra to take an Ontario-based solution global.”
Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro distributes power to more than 8600 customers in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.