AVANGRID, Inc., a sustainable energy company, and EV Connect, a company that helps its clients manage and deliver networks of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, recently announced they have entered into an agreement that will provide AVANGRID with advanced data analytics that will help the company direct investments and inform EV programming.
Access to EV Connect data services will help AVANGRID accurately forecast EV electricity needs, assess and analyze future impacts on the grid, and inform infrastructure planning to support a robust EV charging ecosystem that anticipates EV growth on the road. AVANGRID will also use the EV Connect data to develop models to serve the future daily charging needs for commercial, industrial, and home charging segments, while also planning for electrification of its own fleet.
"To maintain our edge as a leading sustainable energy company, we must meet the demands for a decarbonized economy through strategic investments focused on the customer," said Rita King, AVANGRID senior director of smart grids innovation and planning. "This partnership with EV Connect not only supports our innovative sustainability goals but also puts us on the right path for EV infrastructure planning at a large scale using real-time data."
As a software-as-a-service company whose platform allows site owners and utilities to deploy, manage, and grow customized EV charging networks, EV Connect will provide AVANGRID the opportunity to evaluate a comprehensive platform for managing large-scale, networked EV charging.
"The real-world insights and aggregate view of data EV Connect is providing AVANGRID can be used to visualize customer segments usage and make informed decisions about deployment and future planning for grid impacts," said Ram Ambatipudi, vice president of business development at EV Connect. "We look forward to helping AVANGRID expand its EV charging programs with precision and plan for power demand expansion as EV charging scales up in its service areas."