A pilot scheme has been started in Netherlands and Portugal.
Vehicle 2 Grid is a new uprising trend in the world of e-mobility, which will in a way help to optimize production of electricity and eventually also helps with bringing the costs of it down. Among the first who at least in Britain started promoting this solution was Nissan in Great Britain, albeit Renault, its alliance partner is also quite active in this field. Now, they are actually preparing to take another big step in this field – to become a first large scale provider of such solutions.
For those, who are not familiar with the concept; in the night time, when electricity is cheap as there is too much of it, electric cars are plugged to the grid and are being charged. During the day, when demands for electricity are much higher, cars can be plugged back into the same chargers, through which they are returning redundant electricity back into the grid.
“With this initiative, Groupe Renault is fully fulfilling its role as a leader in electric mobility for all and as a player in the energy transition. Vehicle-to-grid charging is a key pillar of the smart electric ecosystems that Groupe Renault has set up. We have chosen onboard technology that also optimizes the cost of recharging stations and thus facilitate a large-scale development.” announced Gilles Normand, Renault’s director of electric vehicles.
While planning to spread around Europe, they have initially only started with small scale pilot project. To fulfil the needs they have introduced a fleet of 15 Zoe’s and charging points in Utrecht, Netherland and on Porto Santo Island near Madeira. Later on in 2019 this scheme should spread around Europe in different countries.