In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles (EV) now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger.
With OVO’s newly launched VCharge system, EV owners can charge their car batteries and have the option to sell surplus power from those batteries back to the electricity grid during peak demand. OVO also launched a companion Smart Charger for charging during off-peak hours, when electricity rates are cheaper than peak hours.
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The VCharge system will be available initially to 1,000 owners of Nissan’s LEAF and e-NV200 electric van in a two-year trial. Nissan said that the two EVs are the only fully electric vehicles on the market that support this technology.
“The Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 are leading the way with V2G technology,” Francisco Carranza, managing director of Nissan Energy, said in a statement. “We are pleased to be part of this world-first launch of a widely available domestic vehicle-to-grid charger which could solve one of biggest challenges of integrating electric vehicles onto the grid. We are also reiterating our mission to offer customers free power for their electric vehicles.”
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OVO said the VCharge system remotely connects distributed flexible electrical devices and aggregates them into a virtual power plant, allowing the connected system to react quickly as a whole to changes in demand and supply. The virtual power plant would allow regions to avoid infrastructure investment and facilitate integration of renewable energy generation.
“This is the first step in building the distributed energy system of the future — one that is truly customer-centric and built around households and their connected energy storage devices,” OVO CEO and Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick said at a launch event today. “Our completely new approach to energy has been made possible by the convergence of emerging technologies, applying intelligence, and years of working with customers to redesign the entire energy system.”
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