Woodbridge: Navetas wins electric car energy management contract with British Gas

ENERGY management company Navetas has won a contract to help British Gas roll out a new initiative that will enable households to understand how much energy their electric vehicle consumes.

Using Navetas’ world-leading “disaggregation” technology, which identifies the consumption of individual appliances, electric vehicle owners with a British Gas charging point will be able to monitor their energy consumption and the cost of charging their electric vehicle via the internet.

The facility will form part of an electric vehicle charger package which incorporates funding under the Government’s Plugged in Places initiative to roll-out electric vehicle charging points.

British Gas will install a Navetas energy monitor at the incoming electricity mains supply, to monitor total household consumption, as well as electric vehicle charging data.

Navetas, which is based in Woodbridge, is hosting the consumer internet portal for British Gas electric vehicle customers and will provide a full data managed service to British Gas, to ensure eligible customers are meeting the requirements for the Plugged in Places funding.

British Gas will also work with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to evaluate the impact of electric vehicles in terms of energy demand and distribution network management.

Chris Saunders, chief executive of Navetas Energy Management, said: “British Gas is leading the way in bringing hundreds of electric vehicles into its own fleet and installing charging points across the UK for consumers.

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“By working with Navetas, British Gas can now empower residential customers with energy usage data for electric vehicles and their household overall, allowing them to really understand the energy costs of charging their electric vehicle.

“With electric vehicle sales forecast to grow to 30,000 cars per annum in 2014, this is an exciting growing market segment for Navetas.”

Dan Taylor, director of new ventures at British Gas, added: “As a leading energy supplier, British Gas is already at the forefront of supporting electric charging innovation in the UK through specialist advice and the installation of charging points for both business and home.

“We are therefore very pleased to be working with Navetas to help our customers monitor the energy consumption of their electric vehicle and total household by providing information in pounds and pence.”