The U.K. government could have as little as 48 months to support British electric vehicle manufacturing ambitions with the creation of battery gigafactories, experts believe. “There is a need for the government to act in the next year or two,” said Stephen Gifford, chief economist at U.K. battery research body the Faraday Institution, in an interview. “From what I’ve seen, they are aware of the urgency.” Automotive manufacturing is a mainstay of the U.K. economy, accounting for £82 billion ($105 billion at today’s rates) in turnover in 2018 and more than 14 percent of exports, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, an industry body. Nissan, Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover are among the biggest producers.
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In summer 2018, Bus2Grid, the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project got underway and after two years of hard work, a North London bus garage has been transformed into a ‘virtual power station’, discharging electricity from buses when not in use. Led by SSE Enterprise in partnership with BYD, UK Power Networks and the University of Leeds, Northumberland Park bus depot is now the biggest electric bus facility in Europe and houses nearly 100 new zero-emission electric buses. With the implementation of Bus2Grid, the site will be capable of returning over 1MW of power to the grid. Each V2G bus has a battery capable of holding up to 382kWh, charged at 80kW on an AC basis and with two electrical motors, each up to 150kW.
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