EDF Energy has partnered with Nuvve to install up to 1,500 new EV chargers with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability in the UK that will serve as a healthy foundation for vehicle-to-grid capability on the charger side in the UK.
EDF and Nuvve have signed a strategic partnership with an eye towards the potential for a joint venture in the future that would work to flesh out more solutions like this one, across Europe. Nuvve has developed V2G projects on five continents, including the first commercial V2G hub in the world, in Denmark.
Some of the 1,500 chargers will be installed at EDF’s own locations as well as some of EDF’s business customers to establish a pool of energy storage that EDF can then offer for sale on local energy markets or use to offer ancillary services to the grid. These additional services that are being built into EV chargers that used to only be able to feed power into the car have the potential to make the grid more stable, but also to offer additional revenue streams for charging station operators and EV drivers.
“With 55 percent of new vehicles coming on to the road through businesses, they will play a key role in the transition to electric transport,” Beatrice Bigois, Managing Director of Customers at EDF Energy said. “Through this partnership with Nuvve, we are investing in smart technologies that will help our business customers electrify their fleets in a cost effective way and support the UK’s ambition for clean growth.”
The 1,500 charger installation is an indicator that EDF sees intelligent charging as a crucial technology for the future, including the ability to push and pull power into and out of the car’s battery. Modern intelligent chargers are increasingly adding capability to throttle charging up and down as a way of managing demand on grid resources, but vehicle-to-grid capability takes the thinking one step further.
EDF’s president Jean-Bernard Lévy shared earlier this month that EDF plans to be the leading energy company for EVs by 2022 across its four largest European markets: France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Belgium. That is surely an aspirational target, but one that moves like this one in the UK will help to achieve.
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