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A new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the UK

EDF and Nissan launch new commercial V2G service for EV fleets

By EDF | Posted July 28, 2021

EDF, through EDF Group subsidiary DREEV, has launched a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the UK, in partnership with Nissan. This means businesses can support the grid by consuming low carbon energy, and progress towards their net zero and decarbonisation targets, whilst reducing their costs.

The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve - the global leader in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.

The EDF V2G offer is available for fleet owners of Nissan’s LEAF and e-NV200 models and will allow fleet customers to achieve around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year[1].

EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in just 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone application, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero.

“Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said: “Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility. The Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging. As such, the Nissan LEAF offers new economic opportunities for businesses that no other electric vehicle does today. We are delighted to be working with EDF on the deployment and democratisation of V2G technology and in providing yet another reason for transport to electrify."

[1] Any savings will be dependent on the customer’s tariff, EV usage and DNO connection. Assumed average electricity cost calculated at 11.54p/kWh and a fuel consumption of 0.33kWh/mile. EDF will carry out a bespoke study based on customers’ requirements and unique circumstances in order to provide a breakdown of estimated savings.

The V2G business solution is now available in the UK. Businesses that are interested should visit https://www.edfenergy.com/electric-cars/vehicle-grid for more information.

For more information contact:

EDF Energy Media Team

24-hour press line: +44 (0)1452 652233

media@edfenergy.com or edfenergy@goodrelations.co.uk

 

Notes to editors

About EDF 

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Hinkley Point C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy as well as boosting skills and education.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

About Nissan in Europe

With one of the largest locations on the continent among all foreign manufacturers, Nissan employs approximately 16,000 people in Europe through its local design, research and development, production, logistics, as well as its commercial activities and marketing operations. In 2019, the company has produced more than 465,000 vehicles in its factories in the UK, Spain and Russia, including crossovers, utility vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling 100% electric vehicle. Continuing its goal of zero exhaust emissions and zero fatal accidents on the roads, Nissan recently announced the launch of its Intelligent Mobility vision. Designed to guide the brand's technology and product development, this 360-degree approach to the future of mobility will enable important action to be taken on how vehicles will be powered, driven and integrated into society

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