The governmentâ€™s Office for Low Emission Vehicles has announced that it is offering Â£20 million in funding for research and trials to develop â€˜vehicle-to-gridâ€™ charging technology.
Announced yesterday (9 July) the funding is being offered to projects which allow plug-in electric to draw power from a charge point, but also return it to the grid in order to create a â€˜more flexible and efficient energy systemâ€™, when demand is high.
The funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is being offered to pay for feasibility studies to investigate opportunities for the use of vehicle to grid technology, industrial research or experimental development and demonstrator trials to test the technology.
Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry said: â€œThe government is a world leader in tackling climate change and we are committed to investing in clean energy innovation to support the UKâ€™s transition to a low carbon economy.
â€œVehicle to grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in research and development which is at the heart of our ambitious Industrial Strategy. This competition could unlock significant economic benefits for the UK – helping to create jobs in this burgeoning sector while helping to reduce our emissions.â€
The competition process will start in the next few weeks with the aim of winners being notified in December and projects starting in early 2018.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: â€œElectric vehicles are already helping thousands of motorists cut their fuel costs, and now there is an extra financial incentive for motorists to go green.
â€œThe number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is at record levels, with the latest figures showing that there are over 100,000 plug-in cars and vans registered.
â€œThe governmentâ€™s ambition is that nearly all cars and vans on our roads are zero emission by 2050.â€