Why choose vehicle to grid for your business?

Running costs

 

Reduce your running costs

  • Earn annual revenue equivalent to cost of driving 8,000 miles(1)
  • Similar cost to installing a fast charger
  • No impact on your daily EV charge needs

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Environmental sustainability

 

Support a low carbon future

  • Helps stabilise the grid
  • Supports the uptake of renewables 
  • Enhances your sustainability position

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Operations

 

Easy to operate

  • Fast high powered charging
  • Simple charging controls
  • Maintenance support 7 days a week

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What is vehicle to grid?

Vehicle to grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicle (EV) batteries to store energy and discharge it back to the electricity network when it’s most needed – for instance at peak times of the day when usage across the UK is at its highest. This two-way exchange of energy provides your business with a number of economic, environmental and operational benefits.

Our vehicle to grid charging package

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What we offer

  • Vehicle to grid charger
  • Full installation
  • Ongoing support and maintenance
  • Asset management & reporting portal
  • Vehicle to grid monthly revenues
  • Vehicle to grid compatible car leasing

What you need

  • Half hourly metered supply
  • Vehicle to grid compatible electric vehicle (Nissan Leaf or e-NV200 van at the moment)

Lease a V2G compatible EV

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We’ve partnered with some specialist electric vehicle leasing companies to offer your business some really great deals on Nissan's vehicle to grid compatible models.

Latest vehicle to grid news

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Nissan & EDF partner to accelerate EV adoption

EDF are joining forces with one of Britain’s leading car manufacturers, to work together on a number of projects that will support the adoption of electric vehicles and energy generation and storage solutions.

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Vehicle to grid - all the benefits of smart charging, plus

Revenue growth

Generate revenues that save on your running costs

Vehicle to grid uniquely lowers the cost of running your business's electric vehicles by generating revenues through participation in local energy markets. Some of the energy stored in each connected EV battery is “sold back” to the market to help with fluctuating supply and demand.

The revenues made through EDF's V2G charging service are shared with you, and can help reduce the annual cost of electric fuel (equivalent to an average 8,000 miles per year per V2G charger(1)), enough to run your vehicles for free.

Environmental sustainability

Show that your business is supporting environmental sustainability

Vehicle to grid increases the positive impact electric vehicles already have in reducing carbon emissions, by supporting the introduction of renewable energy sources to the electric grid. Electricity generated by intermittent sources such as solar and wind can be stored in EV batteries, and then discharged at times of peak energy demand or those sources aren’t available.

Smart charging solution

Retain all the benefits of intelligent charging

Our vehicle to grid solution includes all the elements you'd get from a fast charging solution. Each charger links to our intuitive web and phone application allowing fleet managers to remotely check the status of their connected electric vehicles and schedule any charging needs as they want.

Why EDF?

Experience

We installed the first EV charging points into London in 1999 and powered the EV charging network for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Trust

We're already trusted by a wide range of businesses to help them realize their electric future.

Expertise

We have a wealth of related expertise to support you in your electric vehicle journey.

Investment

We're working with key partners such as Pod Point, Nissan and Ubitricity to accelerate EV uptake and infrastructure in the UK.

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An exciting partnership for a smart charging future

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Vehicle to Grid FAQs

What is the difference between smart charging and vehicle to grid?

Smart charging is an umbrella term that defines all technologies that can control when and how quickly vehicles charge their batteries or discharge their energy back to the private or public network they’re connected to.

Vehicle to grid (V2G) charging technology allows participating customers to save or earn money by allowing their EV batteries to store energy and discharge it back to the national grid or their own buildings when it’s most needed – for instance at peak demand during the day when usage and costs across the UK are at their highest. This way vehicle to grid also increases the positive impact electric vehicles already have in reducing carbon emissions, by supporting the introduction of renewable energy sources to the grid.

How does V2G benefit the grid and the environment?

The main idea behind vehicle to grid is to take advantage of electric vehicle batteries when they are not used for driving, by charging and/or discharging them at appropriate times. For example, EVs can be charged to store excess renewable energy production and discharged to feed energy back into the grid during consumption peaks. This not only supports the introduction of renewable energies to the grid, but also prevent the use of fossil fuels thanks to an improved management of the grid.

Therefore V2G is a win for the user (thanks to V2G monthly revenues) and the environment.

Is vehicle to grid available to residential customers?

This vehicle to grid offer is currently only available to business customers. We're considering providing vehicle to grid to our residential customers in the future, so please stay in touch. We're currently providing smart chargers to our domestic customers, via Pod Point.. For more information visit https://www.edfenergy.com/electric-cars/home-charger or email us at goelectric@edfenergy.com.

What vehicles does vehicle to grid work with?

Currently our vehicle to grid offer only works with the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan e-NV200. If you don't have one of these vehicles, we will be happy to help you lease or purchase them.

Can I get vehicle to grid if I'm not an EDF customer?

Our offer is currently for EDF customers only. If you want to switch to EDF please contact us.

Will vehicle to grid affect my car battery life?

The potential degradation of the battery is indeed an important topic because the battery represents an important part of the vehicle's cost and contributes to the vehicle's performance (range, acceleration). It is interesting to note that the ageing of lithium-ion batteries is a complex phenomenon, which depends on many criteria, and that this subject is still studied by multiple stakeholders in order to better understand the underlying mechanisms.

Consequently, EDF approaches the subject with seriousness and pragmatism:

  • EDF works closely with car and battery manufacturers to ensure their recommendations are met
  • EDF Group's Research & Development department has a strong expertise in the field with a team of more than 20 researchers specialised in the subject.

When will I receive my vehicle to grid credits/revenue?

Every month you will receive vehicle to grid revenues directly on your EDF electricity bill.

Do solar panels affect vehicle to grid performance?

Solar panels do not affect directly V2G performance. However, depending on customer's site and consumption, solar energy might already cover all the energy needs of the customer. As our vehicle to grid offer works "behind the meter", this means that customers get value from V2G by reducing their energy consumption when the vehicle's battery is discharged into the customer's building. If solar energy is already covering customer's energy need, then vehicle to grid would have less value.

Will my battery to be empty when I need my vehicle?

Our main concern is for your mobility needs to be satisfied at all circumstances.

EDF will therefore ask you for information on your usage in order to ensure that your electric vehicles are charged at the right time. At any time, you can plan a trip via our mobile application. In the event of an unforeseen event, you can even regain control and force the charge of your vehicles.

Learn more about electric cars

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Road tax & company car tax on electric vehicles

Learn more about the tax incentives and benefits available for electric cars.

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Grants, subsidies & schemes for electric cars

Find out what government grants are available for your home or your business

Read more on grants for electric cars

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Understand electric car batteries

Discover all you need to know about electric car batteries. How they work, to how much they cost to replace and how they're recycled.

See how batteries work

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