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Meet the Trainer Series: Oliver McHugh, Trainer on our EV Charging Ecosystem Course

Summary

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our blog series, "Meet the Trainer Q&A"! In this edition, we have the pleasure of introducing Oliver McHugh. Find out more about his experience, insights and data on the EV charging market.

Introduction to Oliver McHugh

Meet Oliver McHugh, the EV Charging Research Manager and technical expert at LCP Delta. With an extensive background in the wider energy ecosystem, he provides insight and data on the EV charging market to key industry players. Oliver is driven by ensuring a consumer focussed approach to the energy transition and helping bring the transport and energy sectors together.

 

Q: What are the potential challenges and impacts of widespread electric vehicle adoption on the grid, and what skills or knowledge are necessary to address these issues? 

A: The wider push for electrification including the charging of EVs is causing one of the biggest changes to our electricity grid we have ever seen. But EVs could be the solution as well as the problem…

Charging vehicles at home is the most convenient and cheapest way to recharge. However, with more and more drivers turning electric the need for smart charging solutions is clear. The uptake of smart charging tariffs is still relatively low amongst EV drivers and there is a need for stakeholders in industry to understand how drivers can be incentivised to shift their behaviour. This requires a good understanding of how drivers currently charge their vehicles and knowledge on the different players involved in the emobility landscape.

High powered charging is popular amongst EV drivers due to the short time taken to add mileage to an EV’s range. We are increasingly seeing these high powered chargers appear in a hub model, some of which have the same power requirements as a small town. Whilst the usual skills of project management, installation and planning are all imperative to their rollout, it is also important for organisations to have a good understanding of the different business models involved and infrastructure requirements of the future.

 

Q: V2G/ V2X etc. has been a hot topic for a while – what knowledge and skills do you think are important for anyone in these areas?

A: Bidirectional charging is one of emobility’s most hotly anticipated new technologies, but we are yet to see widescale adoption. There has been slow uptake of standards, and vehicle OEMs have been holding their cards close to their chest until they are sure there is value in it for them. The key knowledge areas for anyone wanting to get into this space are:

  • Understanding of standards and protocols – New charging standards have been published which are hoping to unlock the potential for bidirectional charging. This way auto OEMs and chargepoint OEMs can all speak the same language to enable interoperability.
  • Stakeholders and key players – Vehicle2Grid (V2G) will bring together the automotive and energy industries. An understanding of the different actors involved and their role in V2G is important for anyone looking into the technology.
  • Technology and applications – The hardware requirements for bidirectional charging can vary. Industry players need to make a decision on where their infrastructure will be installed and who their customers are before knowing what sort of charger to include in a proposition.

Q: What excites you about the future of emobility and what skills are needed to achieve this?

A: There is still a lot to be excited about with the future of EV technology, although many of the existing players are likely to be the ones responsible for delivering it.

Plug and Charge is a new feature which streamlines the payment process for drivers at public chargepoints. It would make apps and RFID cards redundant, significantly improving the consumer experience.

Solid state batteries tech is something else to keep an eye on, these could significantly increase the range of a similarly sized EV.

It is important that members of industry have a good understanding of customer behaviour and new technology, to see where their organisation best fits. As EV adoption increases there will be new and emerging consumer trends that agile companies will quickly take advantage of.

 

Other blogs in the series are:

Part 1: “Meet the Trainer Series: Lucinda Murley, Trainer on our Flexibility Course

Part 2: “Meet the Trainer Series: Sam Hollister, Energy Transition for Investors

Part 3: “Meet the Trainer Series: Nerea Hipolito Martinez, Trainer on our Hydrogen Course”

 


 

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