WPD launches vehicle to grid trial as next phase of Electric Nation

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced the launch of a vehicle to grid (V2G) trial as the next phase of its Electric Nation EV project.

Opened on 2 June, the trial, run in partnership with CrowdCharge, will see 100 people trial state-of-the-art domestic V2G smart charging with the aim of helping distribution network operators understand how V2G charging works with their electricity networks. The trial will see at least five different energy suppliers used. Taking such an approach, WPD explained, offers a more realistic simulation of a future world where many streets will likely have electric vehicles (EVs) using V2G chargers operated by different suppliers.

The trial is open to domestic V2G users in WPD’s licence area of the Midlands, South West and South Wales. Participants must have a Nissan EV and will be offered free installation of smart chargers worth £5,500. The trial is set to begin in March 2021 and will run for a year.

Roger Hey, WPD’s DSO Systems and Projects Manager, said: “V2G charging has the potential to transform how networks approach the challenge of keeping millions of EVs charged and moving. To introduce up to 38 million EVs to the UK network over the coming years would create great strain on the system, the equivalent of adding the electrical energy of London 14 times. By harnessing flexible systems and introducing V2G charging, it means that we can build a far more efficient and flexible network that doesn’t require billions of investment and a huge uplift in capacity.”