The British government has embarked on a funding spree worth almost 30 million pounds to foster vehicle-to-grid technology on the Isles. 21 V2G projects have been chosen among them EDF Energy’s V2GO initiative that takes place at delivery and taxi services in Oxford.
The funding has been awarded to a total of 21 V2G projects in the UK, to pay for research and design and development. The aim is to explore and test both vehicle-to-grid technology itself and commercial opportunities.
EDF Energy’s V2GO scheme for example, will demonstrate how electric car batteries can bolster the electricity system during peak hours. The idea is to “borrow” energy and to recharge the EVs during the off-peak hours. The project will work out potential business models for fleet operators’ use of EVs and their suitability for vehicle to grid (V2G) charging.
Set in Oxford, the V2GO project is a large scale demonstration of vehicle-to-grid charging using 100 electric fleet vehicles (cars and vans) from a number of organisations including several delivery and taxi companies such as the Royal Mail and Addison Lee, according to a government statement. Behind V2GO is a consortium made up of EDF Energy R&D UK, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, Arrival, EO Charging, Upside Energy, and Fleet Innovation.
Other winners of this latest round of government funding, run by Innovate UK, include SSE Services, Nissan, OVO Energy, Octopus Energy, Cisco, Flexisolar and AT Kearney.