Load Management for Electric Vehicles

What is Load Management for Electric Vehicle Charging?

When you own an electric car, being able to charge it at home in the most efficient way possible is really important. Load management balances charging throughout the day, focusing on using energy in times of lower demand where possible. If you have multiple electric vehicles then it balances the energy used amongst them, so that each vehicle gets the best & most efficient charge possible.

How Does Load Management Work?

Whether you have just one charger at home or there are a number of chargers on a more commercial site, load management makes sure that the energy to each charge is balanced. This means that charging is effective and consistent, no matter how many charging points you have or electric vehicles you want to charge. Not only that, but it also helps to balance out the energy used at peak times which means there is less pressure on the national grid – which at peak times can experience quite a strain on its resources.

The software inside the charging unit is in contact with the electricity infrastructure to ensure that everything is working as effectively as possible. It is constantly adapts depending on when vehicles arrive, if there has been a change in demand or if a vehicle has been parked up overnight. 

If you have more than one vehicle that needs charging then load management ensures that the energy coming in is split between all of the charges, ensuring that there is no risk of overload and that each charging unit gets an equal amount of energy. All of this can be controlled remotely by a cloud database and smart technology.

Why Is Load Balancing So Important?

If you have a property that has more than one electric vehicle charging point, then the last thing you want is to overload the system and for them not to work effectively. Load balancing means that you eliminate this risk and have peace of mind that everyone can charge their vehicle at the same time without failure.

Across the country, we put quite a lot of demand on our electricity infrastructure, especially at peak times of the day. For example, you can notice an increase in demand during the adverts of a popular Saturday night TV show as everyone uses the break to make a cup of team. This spike in demand can cause damage to the national grid. Load management means that electric vehicles can change their demand on the system so that they are not putting even more pressure on the national grid during peak times.

Consistent charging also means that you have the best possible chance of saving money on your electricity bill. You’re able to charge during off-peak times which is when electricity companies often charge less for their electricity. It also means that your vehicle gets a consistent charge rather than one that spikes and reduces quickly again over and over again.