Consultation on vehicle-to-grid technology

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation to learn more about the role that vehicle-to-X energy technologies could play in a net zero energy system.

The Role of Vehicle-to-X Energy Technologies in a Net Zero Energy System call for evidence also seeks to better understand how the technology may deploy, how business models and the consumer proposition could change in the future, and what barriers exist.  

Findings will inform a strategy, developed in collaboration with government, industry and Ofgem. 

With 10 million electric vehicles estimated to be on UK roads by 2030, and other increased demand on electrification in areas such as heat pumps, the demand for electricity is expected to soar. 

Having the ability to flexibly shift, in time or location, energy consumption or generation to balance supply and demand, will be important in achieving a cost-effective transition to net zero. Electric vehicles could provide this flexibility. 

The next step in development is enabling the EV battery to export electricity back to a system, be that a building such as a home (V2H) or a building (V2B) such as a business or back to the electricity grid (V2G), in response to signals. V2X, where “X” stands for everything, is the umbrella for all forms of this technology and is used in this document as we expand beyond considering only exporting to the grid. 

This increased utilisation of the EV battery allows it to be used to further manage behind-the-meter energy use or to create an additional revenue source by exporting electricity and offering grid services. 

The BVRLA is keen to hear members’ views on the barriers to technology such as vehicle-to-grid and how consumers should be incentivised to maximise the value of V2X energy technologies.  

Email BVRLA Senior Policy Advisor, catherine@bvrla.co.uk with any input by Friday 10 September.

See this and other open consultations and responses on the Consultations page of the BVRLA website.