New website shares global electric vehicle-to-grid trials

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WORLD’S first online platform showcasing ‘vehicle-to-grid’ technology around the globe has revealed more than 60 projects are now live.

A new website called V2G Hub, launched by UK Power Networks, has gathered a complete picture of vehicle-to-grid projects in one place to help industry collaboration.

Vehicle-to-grid is a relatively new technology which enables electricity to flow from an electric vehicle back into the local electricity network.

It means electric vehicles can be operated as commercial energy storage, generating additional income for their owners and offering extra capacity on electricity networks.

The website includes detailed information on all projects, as well as insights into the market and the opportunity for people to publish information about their own electric vehicle project.

Ian Cameron, head of innovation at UK Power Networks, said: “We’ve scanned the world to find out what’s happening in the vehicle-to-grid landscape and pulled it all together in one place that people can access freely, to help progress technology.

“We are dedicated to being a leading enabler and facilitator of electric vehicles. Creating important resources like this that benefit the whole industry, is a key part of what we do.”

V2G Hub has identified 65 projects, in 15 countries across four continents, involving thousands of electric vehicles and chargers.

The projects range from a plan to make Portuguese island Porto Santo completely fossil fuel-free, to a Japanese project delivering 4,000 charge points.

Marco Landi, vehicle-to-grid and electric vehicle lead at Innovate UK, said: “There is an increasing industry interest around vehicle-to-grid, due to both advantages for customers and the whole energy system.

“Together with Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Office of Low Emission Vehicles we launched in the UK what is currently the most ambitious programme of real-world vehicle-to-grid trial in the world, with more than 2500 electric vehicles involved.”

The new website has been jointly commissioned by UK Power Networks as part of its TransPower project and Government funding body Innovate UK.

It has been delivered in partnership with consultancies EVConsult and Everoze.

You can visit the new website here.