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Consortium to trial domestic vehicle-to-grid charging in UK

A £7m project to trial large-scale domestic vehicle-to-grid charging in the UK has launched.

The £7m project will install 135 V2G chargers in a ‘cluster’ delivery model.

The £7m project will install 135 V2G chargers in a ‘cluster’ delivery model.

Run by a consortium comprising Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, UK Power NetworksChargePoint Services, Open Energi, Energy Saving Trust and Navigant, the project will acquaint drivers with the benefits of EVs by enabling them to test drive models and access a special V2G bundle, Octopus PowerLoop, when leasing a V2G-compatible car.

The V2G technology will be based on a ‘cluster’ delivery model deploying 135 chargers that will facilitate research into the impact of widespread EV rollout on the UK’s electricity grid.

Ian Cameron, head of innovation at UK Power Networks said: “Electric vehicles are effectively energy sources on wheels, so there are tremendous opportunities to explore how electricity networks can use any spare capacity in those batteries to benefit our customers.

“In the future you could use your car battery to power your house or earn money by selling its spare energy back into the network at peak times, and all of this whilst ensuring you have enough energy for your next day’s commute.”

The project received a £3m funding injection by BEIS and OLEV delivered by InnovateUK.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.