Electric Nation, the organisation which is trialing smart changing, including vehicle to grid (V2G) across the UK, is looking to recruit 100 Nissan EV owners in the Midlands, South West and South Wales to take part in the trial of Vehicle to Grid smart charging technology. Currently, only Nissan EVs can be used for V2G charging due to their CHAdeMO technology (the trade name of a quick charging method for battery electric vehicles delivering up to 62.5 kW by 500 V.)
The trial is offering free installation of the V2G smart chargers worth £5,500 to Nissan EV drivers who live in Western Power Distribution regions. Marlow-based CrowdCharge is recruiting 100 people for the trial to help Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and others to understand how V2G charging could work with their electricity networks.
The V2G trial follows the first Electric Nation project from 2018/19 which at the time was the world’s largest EV smart charging trial. The trial captured data from more than two million hours of car charging, providing real life insight into people’s habits when charging their vehicles.
By plugging in at specified times and putting energy back into the grid, active participants of the Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid project are expected to earn rewards (which vary dependent upon the energy partner proposition groups) over the one-year trial period, currently scheduled from March 2021 to March 2022.
More than 575 EV drivers have applied to join Electric Nation so far. Recruitment remains open to ensure the project secures 100 participants that meet all the eligibility criteria, however the project will be closing to new applications soon, so anyone interested in being part of the trial should apply now.
- Must be resident in the Western Power Distribution (WPD) licence areas (East and West Midlands, South West and South Wales)
- Must have a Nissan EV with a battery capacity of at least 30kWh or more
- Need to have the vehicle until the end of the trial (March 2022)
- Need to have off-road parking
- Will use the CrowdCharge mobile app to manage charging
- May need to switch to a new energy tariff if required by their assigned project energy supplier
- May need to have a new smart meter put in/updated as part of the project participation.
For more information and to apply to join the project visit the Electric Nation website.