The UK government has invested £30 million ($41 million) to unlock the potential of new electric vehicle technologies to power people’s homes.
The funding has been awarded to 21 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) projects, to pay for research and development, piloting and commercialization of the technology.
Through the Industrial Strategy the government is committed to becoming a world leader in shaping the future of mobility and in the design and development of the clean technologies of the future.
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Schemes including EDF Energy’s V2GO initiative, will use the funding to demonstrate how energy stored in electric vehicle batteries can be used to stabilise main grid networks during peak hours.
EDF Energy has partnered with the University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, Arrival, EO Charging, Upside Energy, and Fleet Innovation to implement the pilot.
V2GO is a large scale demonstration of V2G charging in Oxford comprising 100 electric fleet vehicles (cars and vans) from delivery and taxi companies.
Using electric vehicles in dense urban areas like Oxford will significantly reduce local emissions and improve air quality, boosting the quality of life for residents and benefiting businesses.
The project will develop, trial and evaluate potential business models for fleet operators’ use of electric vehicles and their suitability for V2G charging.
“As the number of electric vehicles grows and their battery capabilities increase, there is a huge opportunity for them to make a significant contribution to a smart grid,” according to Transport Minister, Jesse Norman.
“These projects are at the cutting edge of their field. Just like the visionary designs of Brunel and Stephenson in transport, they could revolutionise the ways in which we store and manage electricity, both now and in the future”.
Innovate UK recently concluded the assessment process, with OLEV and BEIS providing almost £30 million to grant fund industry led collaborative R&D in electric ‘vehicle to grid’ technology for up to 70% of project costs.
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