Free charger for fleets participating in workplace EV charging test
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Free charger for fleets participating in workplace EV charging test

Businesses are being invited to take part in a trial of new workplace charging technology for electric vehicles that enables them to be connected to the grid (V2G) and that could reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

Free charger for fleets participating in workplace EV charging test

The V2VNY project aims to demonstrate, test and improve V2G technology

The project, which still has a few spots left, is open to businesses that want to demonstrate leadership in sustainability. Participants will receive a free V2G EV charger that they can keep after the project ends.

V2G technology enables electric vehicles to be charged during times when electricity costs are low, and then fed back into the grid, a building or even another electric vehicle when electricity costs are higher.

The V2VNY project aims to demonstrate, test and refine V2G technology, pushing the boundaries of charging technology and paving the way for its wider implementation.

The project is being implemented by Hangar 19 in partnership with EV leasing company DriveElectric and CrowdCharge, which specializes in AI-based technology with patented optimization tools that help maximize the use of V2X services across individual vehicles, fleets and workplace ecosystems.

Other project partners include Grid Beyond, Oxfordshire County Council, Electric Corby and JLR, who will provide prototype electric vehicles for use in the trials.

The project is one of the first V2G trials in the UK to use AC charging in the latest generation of vehicle-to-charge (V2L) electric vehicles; most previous V2G trials have used Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles with CHAdeMO DC charging technology.

Test participants must have at least two electric cars equipped with V2L technology in their fleet, from the Genesis, Hyundai, Kia or MG brands.

Participants will receive a free 7kW bi-directional AC charger with two sockets and a charging optimisation software package, worth over £5,750 in total. Participants can keep the charger after the trial ends, but will be required to pay for the charger installation and continued use of the software after the trial ends.

Mike Potter, CEO of CrowdCharge and DriveElectric, said: “The UK has a huge and largely untapped energy storage capacity in the form of over a million electric vehicles that spend most of their time parked. Harnessing this resource could help reduce the strain on electricity networks at peak times, as well as cutting costs and carbon emissions. This project will test how the latest electric vehicles can be used as mini power plants to benefit businesses, electricity operators and the country as a whole.”

The V2VNY Phase 2 project, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), delivered by Innovate-UK. The V2X Innovation Programme is part of the up to £65 million Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

The V2VNY test will begin in September 2024 and run until the end of March 2025. Most of the chargers have already been allocated, but the last remaining ones are available for companies that apply quickly.

More details and trial eligibility information can be found at this link.