After completing the world’s largest domestic V2G trial, Project Sciurus, the majority of trial participants now say that having V2G capability is an important factor when buying their next EV. So, what has changed? Customers want additional benefits with a technology as complex as V2G over a standard, or even smart, chargepoint. For many this could be financial, or it might be the way V2G could support the grid, offer more energy autonomy or perhaps reduce carbon emissions. Either way though, the technology must be reliable. The final report for Project Sciurus shows, when participants were surveyed at the beginning, that plenty had concerns around reliability, battery degradation or their car not being charged. However, by the end of the trial, after using the charger for several months, the vast majority had their concerns alleviated. But did participants plug in their EVs regularly enough? As part of the trial, the participants were paid for every kWh exported from the V2G unit, offering an incentive to maximise the time the EV was plugged in. Typically, EV drivers have their vehicles plugged in for around 30%-40% of the time, however during the V2G trial this increased to around 57% pre-lockdown, and then during the lockdown periods this increased further to 70%, demonstrating a significant behaviour change and increase in plug-in time. The incentive worked.
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