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Companies are, today, being invited to participate in a trial of new, next-generation Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) electric vehicle (EV) workplace charging technology. This technology offers the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy costs.

Trial participants will receive a free V2G EV charger, which they can keep after the trial. V2G technology allows EVs to charge when electricity costs are low and then feed energy back into the grid, a building, or another EV when electricity costs are higher.

Businesses looking to demonstrate sustainability leadership are invited to apply to take part in the V2VNY project. This project aims to demonstrate, test, and refine V2G technology, pushing the boundaries of charging technology for broader adoption.

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The project is led by Hangar 19 in partnership with DriveElectric and CrowdCharge. DriveElectric is an electric vehicle leasing company that has been assisting organizations and individuals in adopting EVs to save money, reduce emissions, and transition to low carbon energy since 2008. CrowdCharge, a unique technology powered by AI with patented optimization tools, helps unlock maximum value from V2X services across individual vehicles, fleets, and workplace ecosystems, allowing them to better predict and manage usage, save money, and reduce carbon.

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

This is one of the first V2G trials in the UK to use AC charging with the latest generation of EVs featuring ‘vehicle to load’ technology. Most previous V2G trials used Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles with CHAdeMO DC charging technology. Trial participants need at least two electric vehicles on their fleet with vehicle to load technology from the brands of Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, or MG.

Businesses will receive a free 7kW AC bidirectional charger with two sockets and a software package to optimize charging, worth over £5,750 in total. Participants can keep the charger after the trial but will have to pay for the installation of the charger and for continued use of the software after the end of the trial.

Mike Potter, CEO of CrowdCharge and DriveElectric, says: “The UK has a huge and mostly untapped battery storage capability in the form of over one million electric vehicles that spend most of their time parked up. Using this resource can help reduce the load on electricity networks at peak times, as well as lowering costs and carbon. This project will trial how the latest EVs can be used as mini power plants to benefit businesses, electricity operators, and the country as a whole.”

Recruitment is already underway for the V2VNY trial, which begins in September 2024 and runs through to the end of March 2025. Most chargers are allocated, but the last remaining few are available to forward-thinking companies that are keen to be part of this next-generation project and apply quickly.

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 £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

“Discover more and see if you qualify for the trial by visiting:” https://www.drive-electric.co.uk/our-story/projects/v2vny-a-workplace-charging-project

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