The Energy Saving Trust want to know what people think about electric cars. They are doing research into how electric cars can be used to offset peaks in electricity demand by being plugged into your house (rather like a Tesla Powerwall, but with the added benefit of a car attached). Take their 5 minute survey – no prizes, just a warm feeling that you’re helping someone somewhere make sense of what is going on these days..
Along with smart meters, clever use of an electric car’s battery to help run the home – or indeed the office – is one of those new ideas that has yet to catch on but could be a game-changer. “Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to transform the way we use energy on a daily basis’ says the Energy Savings Trust. “Power cuts and expensive peak demand tariffs could become a thing of the past. Could you power your house with your car? Could you power your car with your house? Would you like to be paid to drive your car to work and power your office block? What impact will EVs have on our electricity prices? These, and more, are the questions we will be hoping to answer through this project”.
There’s a full explanation of the EST project here: EFES public description. You can also get your personal energy saving action plan -and lots of other useful tips and advice – at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk