Renault has started its first large-scale pilot schemes in reversible electric charging. This Vehicle-To-Grid-Charging for electric vehicles only requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals.

A fleet of fifteen Renault Zoe vehicles with vehicle-to-grid charging will be introduced in Europe over the course of 2019 to develop future offerings in reversible charging and lay the groundwork for the future standards. These pilot schemes will begin in Utrecht, Netherlands in an ecosystem developed by We Drive Solar and on Porto Santo Island in Portugal with Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, an energy supplier. Following these, more pilot schemes will be introduced in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.

The advantages of vehicle-to-grid charging

Vehicle-to-grid charging or Reversible charging modulates the charging and discharging of electric-vehicle batteries in accordance with users’ needs and the grid’s supply of available electricity. Charging reaches its maximum level when the electricity supply exceeds demand, notably during peaks in production of renewable energy. But vehicles are also capable of injecting electricity into the grid during peaks in consumption.

With this scheme, electric vehicles can therefore serve units of temporary energy storage and become key drivers in the development of renewable energy. In this way, the electricity grid optimizes the supply of local renewable energy and reduces infrastructure costs. At the same time, customers enjoy greener, more economical consumption of electricity and are financially rewarded for serving the electricity grid.

As a world leader in electric vehicles, Renault reveals that Reversible charging will be piloted in several projects (electric ecosystems or mobility services) through seven countries and alongside various partners to lay the groundwork for Renault’s future offering. The aim is twofold: to measure large-scale feasibility and potential gains.