A new consortium has been launched to develop the first large-scale UK domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology for drivers of electric vehicles (EV).

The £7 million Octopus V2G project from Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, UK Power Networks, ChargePoint Services, Open Energi, Energy Saving Trust and Navigant has been granted £3 million of government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and is backed by Innovate UK.

The smart technology trial is set to be rolled out this year and will see 135 vehicle-to-grid chargers installed in a ‘cluster’ to see how much spare capacity from car batteries can be collected.

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