EDF Energy to install 1,500 V2G chargers across UK

EDF Energy will deploy up to 1,500 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers across the UK which will help businesses generate revenue from electric vehicles (EVs) through energy storage and flexibility.

A partnership with green tech firm Nuvve will provide up to 15MW of extra energy storage capacity – the equivalent amount of energy to power 4,000 homes.

The chargers will be offered to EDF Energy’s business customers, with the stored electricity made available for sale on the energy markets or for supporting grid flexibility at times of peak energy use.

EDF’s managing director of customers Beatrice Bigois said that V2G technology would help the UK business community play a “key role” in the low-carbon vehicle transition.

“Through this partnership with Nuvve, we are investing in smart technologies that will help our business customers electrify their fleets in a cost-effective way and support the UK’s ambition for clean growth,” she said.

Balancing energy needs

V2G is still an emerging area in the smart, flexible energy space, but the technology is rapidly gaining traction among businesses and policymakers. The UK Government has announced it will invest £20m to support V2G projects, while a range of companies such as Nissan and OVO Energy have entered the market in recent times.

Commenting on the EDF announcement, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: “Thanks to Government investment, we are a world leader in V2G technology which can help balance our energy needs and bring about a smarter, more flexible energy system as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“These 1,500 electric chargers will provide much needed green infrastructure for businesses as they seize the opportunities of the EV revolution, reducing running costs, improving air quality and unlocking the capability to store energy which can be transmitted back into the grid when it’s needed most.”

The move forms part of EDF’s bid to be the leading energy company for EVs by 2020 across France, the UK, Italy and Belgium. Last week, the big six firm announced a partnership with Nissan to support the adoption of EVs and energy generation and storage solutions.

George Ogleby

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