UK Launches V2G Fleet Charging Trial

July 10, 2024

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The United Kingdom is at the forefront of innovation once again, as it invites companies to participate in a groundbreaking trial of next-generation AC vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric vehicle (EV) fleet charging technology. This initiative, known as the V2VNY project, aims to revolutionize the way EVs are charged and utilized within the energy grid.

Participants in the V2VNY project will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of V2G technology firsthand. They will receive a complimentary V2G EV charger, which they can retain even after the conclusion of the project. This cutting-edge technology allows EVs to charge during off-peak hours when electricity costs are low, and then discharge energy back into the grid or other sources when demand and costs are higher.

Leading the charge in this ambitious project is Hangar 19, in collaboration with leasing company DriveElectric and AI software provider CrowdCharge. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will be contributing prototype electric vehicles to be used in the trial, showcasing the potential of V2G technology in real-world applications.

One of the key objectives of the V2VNY project is to demonstrate, test, and refine V2G technology, pushing the boundaries of charging infrastructure and paving the way for its widespread adoption. The project partners, including Grid Beyond, Oxfordshire County Council, Electric Corby, and JLR, are committed to driving innovation in the EV sector.

This groundbreaking trial represents a significant milestone in the UK's transition towards sustainable energy solutions. By utilizing AC charging technology with the latest generation of EVs featuring 'vehicle-to-load' capabilities, the V2VNY project sets itself apart from previous V2G trials. Participants are required to have at least two electric vehicles with vehicle-to-load technology from select brands, such as Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, or MG.

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