Groupe Renault is beginning a large-scale pilot scheme in reversible electric charging.
The company says a fleet of fifteen ZOE vehicles with vehicle-to-grid charging will be introduced in Europe during 2019. The pilot schemes will begin Utrecht (the Netherlands) and on Porto Santo Island (in Madeira, Portugal). Following these, more pilot schemes will be introduced in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.
Vehicle-to-grid charging—aka reversible charging—modulates the charging and discharging of electric vehicle (EV) batteries in accordance with users’ needs and the grid’s supply of available electricity, and allows vehicles to inject electricity into the grid during peaks in consumption. Renault says that EVs can serve as units of temporary energy storage and become key drivers in the development of renewable energy.
“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,” said Gilles Normand, Groupe Renault’s director of electric vehicles. “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 optimises the cost of recharging stations and thus facilitate a large-scale development.”