Hitachi Europe, Mitsubishi Motors, and ENGIE have teamed up on a “pioneering” project to explore the use of electric vehicles as a means of storing energy for an office building in the Netherlands, the three firms revealed today. The companies linked what they claim is the first ‘vehicle to everything’ EV charger to energy firm ENGIE’s office in Zaandam, with the aim of providing grid flexibility services and boosting the overall energy efficiency of the building. The project used Hitachi’s V2X Charger, which the global electronics and engineering company claims is the first EV recharging technology able to both power up an electric car as well as discharge the energy back into a building or grid via a variety of different routes. A number of V2G – vehicle to grid – technology pilot projects have sprung up in recent years, with companies such as Nissan, E.ON, Honda, Ovo Energy, and Good Energy all involved in developing the concept. Proponents of the emerging technology believe using EVs as mobile energy storage units can help balance the electricity grid as drivers shift away from fossil fuel vehicles and economies become more reliant on variable renewable power sources. However, a recent survey by Ovo Energy suggests many people remain unaware of the emerging technology and the potential for drivers to earn money from storing energy in their EVs.
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