After a successful launch in London earlier this year, Cisco’s E-Flex vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstration trial has expanded into Plymouth.
Plymouth City Council has now joined Cisco, Cenex, Nuvve, Imperial College London and other partners for E-Flex, which is setting out to demonstrate the commercial viability of V2G technologies. The trial also is aiming to demonstrate V2G can be used by distribution grid operators to alleviate grid constraints. In Plymouth, E-Flex will see the council’s fleet of six Nissan Leafs, used by council employees for day-to-day travel, equipped with bidirectional chargers. This will mean they are able to feed surplus or unused electricity back to the grid.
With more of its energy cost managed effectively through V2G, the council is aiming for investment to then be freed up for other local services as well as improving on local services available to electric vehicle users within the area.
Dan Turner, Low Carbon City Officer at Plymouth City Council, said: “For businesses to grow, we need to find new ways to support their energy consumption whilst reducing connection costs across the city, so the V2G concept appeals to us from a grid management perspective as well as a commercial one.”