Central planning from government in rolling out high speed electric vehicle charging infrastructure is “absolutely vital” to ensuring the UK is ready for the surge in EV ownership, a group of MPs has been told.
French energy major Engie has become the latest utility to bolster its domestic solar offering with a new battery storage product.
Nissan has unveiled a strategic partnership with energy giant E.On to further develop its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging capabilities across Europe.
Nissan and its partners have completed the development of a new manufacturing process at its Sunderland plant to produce high density 40kWh battery cells for both electric vehicle and stationary energy storage systems.
Nissan Energy has remained coy over its future in the UK energy market, but said its recent launch of domestic solar systems will “complete the puzzle” as it mulls further partnerships in the energy space.
Almost £30 million has been awarded to over 20 vehicle to grid (V2G) projects, uniting vehicle manufacturers, aggregators, infrastructure operators, energy suppliers and academia across the UK in the first major investment in the technology from government.
Car manufacturer Renault has created a new energy subsidiary which will create smart charging networks, explore vehicle-to-grid (V2G) solutions and utilise second-life EV batteries for stationary energy storage projects.
Nissan says electric vehicle charging bays will outnumber petrol stations by mid-2020, and possibly sooner, as the uptake in EVs increases and petrol pumps start to vanish.