Four UK electric vehicle pilot projects have secured £11m in government funding to trial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which stores excess power in EV batteries for use by the grid at times of high demand. Consortia including electricity distributor UK Power Networks, energy supplier SSE, Chinese firm BYD, Octopus Energy, the University of Leeds and others secured the funding through a government-backed InnovateUK competition.
Business Green 24th Jan 2018 read more »
A consortium of energy firms and network operators has received a £3m funding injection from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the first large-scale UK trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure. The consortium consisting of Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, UK Power Networks, ChargePoint Services, Open Energi, Navigant and the Energy Saving Trust will deliver the £7m project and install 135 V2G chargers later this year.
Edie 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Ignore EV ‘scare stories’: Study finds smart charging will boost grid and cut electric car costs by £170 a year. New report predicts UK could have 10 million electric cars on the roads by 2035, but roll out of smarter charging systems is key to successful deployment Significant reductions in running costs is already one of the main advantages of electric vehicles (EVs), but according to a new study released today even deeper savings could soon be on offer thanks to the emergence of smarter charging systems. Aurora Energy Research today published a new report, entitled The E-mobility revolution: impacts on the GB power system and new utility business models, which argues that smarter charging systems that ensure vehicles are charged during periods of peak supply could save the average EV owner £170 a year. However, the report warns that the mass adoption of EVs will add to pressure on the grid unless smarter charging technologies are deployed. “Evidence shows that at present, most EV owners plug in and charge their car when they get home for work increasing the evening peak demand for electricity,” the report notes. “If 10 million EVs were added to the grid and charged in this way it would require 3GWs of additional generation capacity at peak times, as well as requiring potentially costly reinforcements of the power network.” However, it argues this challenge can be overcome by using smarter charging approaches that either automatically minimise demand from vehicles during periods of peak grid demand or use variable tariffs to incentivise EV owners to charge when demand is low. The report calculates that whichever approach the energy industry takes EV owners stand to save around £170 per electric car per year.
Business Green 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
Surprise: Nuclear Power Maximizes Environmental Benefits Of Electric Vehicles.
Forbes 10th Jan 2018 read more »