Cisco-led E-Flex project to prove vehicle-to-grid’s real value

April 24, 2019 //By Julien Happich
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A consortium of partners led by Cisco has launched E-Flex, a London-based co-innovation project using active electric vehicles (EVs) in real-world fleets to prove the value of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The consortium brings together technology, energy, public sector and academic expertise from Cenex, Nuvve, the Greater London Authority, TFL, Imperial College London and E-Car Club.

According to its ‘Road to Zero’ industrial strategy paper, the Department of Transport has set a target for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Aligned with this strategy, E-Flex aims to demonstrate the role V2G can play in reducing the demand that mass adoption of EVs will put on energy networks, especially at peak times.

It is anticipated that V2G technology will allow EV owners or fleets to put unused energy from their vehicles back into the grid, freeing it up for other needs and dramatically reducing the cost of owning and running the vehicle, while reducing the impact on the energy grid and wider environment.

E-Flex will explore the potential economic benefits of V2G for commercial fleet owners, road users and policy makers. To put the theory into practice, E-Flex is creating a real-world test environment for V2G, inviting fleet owners all over the UK to take part. With 200 electric vehicles being connected, participating fleets have the opportunity to test and improve EVs in a real-world environment, receiving a free 10kW bidirectional charger(s) and installation, with annual maintenance and 24/7 support included.

They will also lower the costs of running a zero-emissions fleet through energy savings and unlock new services and opportunities for customers, becoming a greener brand with a positive impact on the environment.

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