ENGIE and Fiat Chrysler begin work on world’s largest V2G facility


ENGIE and Fiat Chrysler have started the construction of what is claimed to be the world’s largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure production plant in Mirafiori, Italy.

The plant will produce a smart EV charging infrastructure for a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot project to be implemented by the Fiat Chrysler and ENGIE.

The main aim is to support the deployment of electric mobility and to ensure the stability of the grid.

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ENGIE and Fiat Chrysler had announced their V2G pilot in September 2019. In full compliance with the safety standards to contain the COVID-19 epidemic, work has now begun at the FCA plant in Mirafiori.

The project will explore optimising the operating costs of the cars – for the benefit of motorists – and a concrete possibility of contributing to a more sustainable electricity system.

The construction site for phase 1 of the project is now open at the Drosso logistics center, within the Mirafiori complex.

Up to 10km of 50KW cables will be installed to interconnect the electricity grid with 64 two-way fast charging points.

Also 32 V2G columns will be installed as part of phase 1 of the project. The project will be expanded to enable the charging of 200 EVs by the end of July 2021.

The final phase of the project will include the smart EV charging infrastructure supplying up to 25MW of regulatory capacity, making it the largest V2G facility ever built in the world.

In addition, by aggregating with other FCA “assets” at Mirafiori – including 5MW of solar panel capacity – this V2G infrastructure will be turned into a Virtual Power Plant.

The plant will have the capability to provide a high level of resource optimisation to the equivalent of 8,500 homes and a wide range of services to the network operator, including ultrafast frequency regulation.

Roberto Di Stefano, the head of EMEA e-mobility at Fiat Chrysler, said: “The project is acting as our laboratory to experiment on and develop an offering to add value in the energy markets.

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 “On average, cars remain unused for 80-90 percent of the day. During this long period, if connected to the grid by Vehicle-to-Grid technology, customers can receive money or free energy in exchange for the balancing service offered, without compromising their mobility needs in any way.”

Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of ENGIE Eps, added: “Estimates have it that by 2025, the total storage capacity of electric vehicles in Europe will be over 300GWh, representing the largest distributed resource available to the European energy system. The market for V2G infrastructure, to date consisting almost exclusively of experimental projects, is now ready to get off the ground. The Drosso project at Mirafiori is a world first. We are confident that it will soon be joined by a solution for all company fleets.”