V2G service for EV drivers

DriveElectric, the UK’s leading provider of leased ultra-low emission vehicles, has launched a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) service for electric vehicle drivers, both at home and at the workplace.

V2G charging equipment allows EV owners to help balance the UK’s electricity grid by providing energy from their vehicle batteries to the grid at times of peak demand. In return for doing this, EV owners will benefit from rewards based on the provision of grid services and energy trading revenue.

Mike Potter, managing director at DriveElectric says, ‘It’s the first time this has ever been done in the UK, and by enabling customers to sell energy back to the grid, becoming fully fledged and active participants in the UK energy market, we’re providing a financial incentive to choose the sustainable option.’

This initiative is part of DriveElectric’s commitment to support the entire EV ecosystem, going beyond the acquisition of the car itself, and delivering new services to the energy industry. There will be an increasing number of EVs on the roads across the UK in the future and it is vital that V2G technology is rolled out to ensure the grid can satisfy the demands made upon it for increased energy.

DriveElectric’s CrowdCharge platform will be able to connect and manage large numbers of EV batteries using V2G chargers, to act as one large battery to support the grid. This will help to avoid the need for non-renewable sources of power to be used at times of peak energy demand. V2G could play a vital role in decentralisation and the greening of the UK electricity supply chain.

The CrowdCharge platform, developed in conjunction with the University of Reading, uses advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide optimised charging sessions for EV owners. In combination with the CrowdCharge app, the platform ensures customers get the energy they need, when they need it.