Hitachi Capital UK has announced a multi-million-pound investment to support Gridserve’s ambitious project to develop more than one hundred electric forecourts across the UK to spur the low-carbon transition. Hitachi Capital will back the Gridserve project, which will be delivered over the next five years. Gridserve unveiled a £1bn programme in March 2019 to construct more than 100 “Electric Forecourts” across the UK, which combine renewable energy, battery storage and rapid chargers to meet the needs of EV drivers.
Edie 30th April 2020 read more »
Researchers running a government-backed electric vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in Birmingham have hailed the success of the project in demonstrating the potential benefits of bi-direction electric car charging technology for building owners, power grid operators, and EV infrastructure firms. The Vehicle to Grid Intelligent Control (VIGIL) collaborative research project yesterday said it had successfully met its aim of building and trialling an off-vehicle communication and control platform designed to encourage more network operators and building owners to adopt V2G technology. V2G remains a nascent technology at present, but is seen as key for managing demand on the electricity grid amid an expected surge in electric vehicle charging and other green electrified technologies such as home heat pumps in the coming years. It allows compatible EVs to both draw electricity from the grid to power up their batteries, and to send that energy back once again to the grid if needed, enabling the electric car’s battery to essentially operate as grid balancing storage device.
Business Green 1st May 2020 read more »