Major V2G test – fleet owners invited

UK fleet owners are invited to join a pilot project studying the concept of Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology, where vehicles release battery energy into the grid as required.

The V2G pilot is being run by Cisco, TfL, the Greater London Authority, Cenex, Nuvve, Imperial College London and the E-Car Club.

The research is called the E-Flex project and is to test 200 vehicles in real world fleets on V2G and is to explore the potential economic benefits to fleets and the National Grid alike.

Mass adoption of EVs are going to put a strain on electricity networks and V2G is one possibility that could alleviate it through having a shared battery network to release power when demand spikes. If all vehicles not in use could contribute this could make several GW of power available nationwide.

Those that will take part in the E-Flex trial will 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

– Lower costs of running a zero-emissions fleet through energy savings and unlock new services and opportunities for customers

– Become a greener brand and have a positive impact on the environment, monitoring savings through a fleet monitoring dashboard and application

“The market opportunity for V2G is huge when you consider that the UK government has outlined that all new cars and vans should be effectively zero emission in little over 20 years’ time. E-Flex is about testing whether V2G provides a solution to the main challenge of making this a reality: developing an economically and environmentally viable business model for EVs,” said Maria Hernandez, head of innovation, Cisco UK & Ireland.

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