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Government invests £20 million to help electric vehicles return electricity to grid

Government invests £20 million to help electric vehicles return electricity to grid
18th July 2017 Run Your Fleet Admin

The government has announced that it is to invest £20 million in new technology projects that will allow electric vehicles to return electricity to the national grid.

These vehicle-to-grid projects will investigate the potential of plug-in electric vehicles to not only draw power from the grid to charge their vehicles, but also the possibility of returning power back to the grid or to their homes.

Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry said:

“Vehicle to grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in research and development which is at the heart of our ambitious Industrial Strategy. This competition could unlock significant economic benefits for the UK – helping to create jobs in this burgeoning sector while helping to reduce our emissions.”

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said:

“Electric vehicles are already helping thousands of motorists cut their fuel costs, and now there is an extra financial incentive for motorists to go green.

“The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is at record levels, with the latest figures showing that there are over 100,000 plug-in cars and vans registered.

“The government’s ambition is that nearly all cars and vans on our roads are zero emission by 2050.”

The projects that are eligible to be awarded funding will fall into 3 categories of vehicle-to-grid projects:

  • feasibility studies – investigating the ways vehicle to grid technology can be used in the future
  • industrial research or experimental development – for example, to develop vehicle-to-grid charging equipment
  • demonstrator trials in the real-world environment – projects that trial vehicle to grid technology in different locations across the country

The submission process will begin in the next few weeks with the aim of awarding the grants in December to start early 2018.

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