UK starts V2G fleet charging trial

UK starts V2G fleet charging trial

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By Nick Flaherty

The UK is inviting companies to take part in a trial of next-generation AC vehicle to grid (V2G) electric vehicle (EV) fleet charging technology.

Participants in the V2VNY project will be provided with a free V2G EV charger which can be kept after the end of the project. The V2G technology enables EVs to be charged at times when electricity costs are low, and then put energy back into the grid, or into a building or even another EV, when electricity costs are higher.

THe aim is to demonstrate, test and refine V2G technology, pushing the boundaries of charging technology and paving the way for its broader adoption. Jaguar LandRover (JLR) will be providing prototype electric vehicles for use in the trial.

The project is being led by Hangar 19, in partnership with leasing company DriveElectric and AI software provider CrowdCharge. Other project partners are Grid Beyond, Oxfordshire County Council, Electric Corby and JLR.

This is one of the first V2G trials in the UK to use AC charging with the latest generation of EVs featuring ‘vehicle to load’ technology. Most previous V2G trials used Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles with CHAdeMO DC charging technology. Trial participants need at least two electric vehicles on their fleet which feature vehicle to load technology from the brands of Genesis, Hyundai, Kia or MG.

Businesses will be provided with a free 7kW AC bidirectional V2G charger with two sockets and a software package to optimise the charging. Participants can keep the charger after the trial but will have to pay for the installation of the charger and for continued use of the software after the end of the trial.

“The UK has a huge and largely untapped battery storage capability in the form of over one million electric vehicles that spend most of their time parked up. Using this resource can help reduce the load on electricity networks at peak times, as well as lowering costs and carbon. This project will trial how the latest EVs can be used as mini power plants to benefit businesses, electricity operators and the country as a whole,” said Mike Potter, CEO of CrowdCharge and DriveElectric.

Recruiting is already underway for the V2VNY trial which starts in September 2024 and will run through to the end of March 2025. Most of the V2G chargers are allocated but the last remaining few are available. The V2VNY Phase 2 project, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), delivered by Innovate-UK.


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