AN electrical distribution company has launched a free online tool with the aim to revolutionise its electric vehicle connections process.

Northern Powergrid has set up the online system which is supported by network data to help users identify new EV charging point locations.

The company delivers power to eight million customers across about four million homes and businesses.

Its network consists of more than 63,000 substations and 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables.

AutoDesign provides a clear indicator of cost-effective locations to install EV chargers across the North-East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Users of the free system will benefit from unique access to accurate data and the ability to easily explore their connections options and quickly create personalised budget estimates, providing greater transparency about network capacity and enabling informed decisions about where to connect.

Derek Fairbairn, system design manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “AutoDesign will provide real benefits and an enhanced level of real-world insight.

“It will enable local authorities, EV installers and business planners to see, in a matter of minutes, the best locations to install chargers and the associated cost.

“This newly available network data intelligence will significantly improve the EV connections process and help accelerate the clean transport transition.”

About three quarters of local authorities across Northern Powergrid’s patch have declared a climate emergency and are looking for practical next steps to reduce emissions.

Transport is the UK’s largest emitter of toxic greenhouse gases, and the government has banned the sale of internal combustion engines from 2040, when the company predicts there could be 4.5m EVs on roads across its operational area.

Northern Powergrid has launched the system to give customers more accurate information and improve the experience for those looking to connect.

Mr Fairbairn said: “The electrification of transport is essential if we are to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and our future scenarios show that the rate of EV growth will be significant.

“We want to actively support the EV transition and ensure our network meets the future needs of our customers and the communities we serve.”

The AutoDesign tool uses green, amber and red indicators to guide users towards cost-effective, viable connection options.

The system design was developed with the support of EA Technology and a Network Innovation Allowance grant.

For further information about Northern Powergrid call Joanne Kerrigan on 0800 500 3175, or email