You arrive home from work on your electric motorcycle, plug it in to recharge, put on the kettle, turn on the air-conditioning, switch on the TV and/or computer and start cooking dinner.
The power grid labours under this surge in demand and there is a brownout!
However, because your bike is equipped with a smart charger, it doesn’t immediately start charging the vehicle.
Instead, it takes the remaining charge from the bike and puts it back into the grid.
So it actually supports the electricity supply at a high-demand period, preventing brownouts.
Of course an electric two-wheeler wouldn’t have as much electricity to give back to the grid as a car, but with thousands around the country plugging in at peak hour, it would still have a positive effect.
The smart charger only starts charging the vehicle later in the evening when the demand is low and the price is cheap.
Of course, if you decide you need to go out to get some milk you might find your electric bike is now flat!
Tony could also have mentioned EV price, lack of range and long charging times.
“The announcement of an EV smart charging trial by ARENA will provide significant support to the growth of EV take-up in Australia and address some of the barriers to entry of this important technology,” he says.