A GROUNDBREAKING new technology is set to revolutionise the way electric vehicles (EVs) are charged, drastically reducing emissions associated with the process.

Data from the National Grid ESO reveals a significant variation in carbon intensity during EV charging. This ranges from a low of 19g CO2/kWh to a high of 295g CO2/kWh. This variance directly impacts the carbon footprint of EVs, which typically emit an average of 81g CO2e per mile, as per 2023 government figures.

However, DriveElectric Plus, powered by CrowdCharge technology, is changing this narrative. By leveraging AI to optimise charging times, this innovative solution ensures EVs are charged during periods of lowest carbon intensity. This approach has led to remarkable reductions in emissions, with some users achieving as low as 9g CO2e per mile – an 89% decrease compared to the average.

"Electric vehicles can significantly lower carbon emissions, but only if charged with low-carbon electricity. Most drivers are unaware of the carbon emissions associated with each charge."

DriveElectric Plus addresses this issue by measuring and optimising charging to minimise the carbon footprint, ensuring EVs have significantly lower real-world emissions than petrol vehicles.

This advancement not only benefits individual drivers but also supports businesses in their carbon reporting and ESG goals. As Americo Lenza, COO of CrowdCharge, notes, “DriveElectric Plus measures the carbon emissions involved in charging and optimises charging to achieve the lowest possible carbon footprint.”

Marlow-based leasing broker DriveElectric, agreed a strategic investment partnership with Sumitomo Corporation in 2021 in order to scale up its expert service to meet increasing customer demand, as well as to expand the technology offering of the business. Sumitomo Corporation is a leading Fortune 500 global trading company, founded in Japan in 1919.

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