It’s one year on since I first started on my journey with OVO and the V2G trial
It started as many would as curiosity, after much deliberation I signed up, not a speedy process but these things never are, the first item was the smart meter (Smets 1) I was surprised to find out that the newer Smets 2 that should have been fitted was intact not compatible with the trial, but never mind its not at my expense !!
Next was a couple of pics for a site survey, I am luck I have a pretty much dedicated EV electric supply as I have 2 x 100A incoming supplies to my property lucky me !! so this stage was a breeze.
Just over 3 weeks later the V2G unit was fitted, along with the Smart charger ( the best EV charger I have ever owned looks good and works great ) this was a easy enough process for the lads in my case and we were up and running in the same day, well almost !! unfortunately my first unit suffered from the red light of doom, an issue that has since been repaired in a software patch but was unavailable at the time and need a new unit ( issue with the thermal sensor ) never the less the second unit was fitted in around 1 week and we were up and running !!
The unit it, has performed faultlessly in all weathers, a few outages have occurred over the time but these have been national outages with the back office in the system so not a site issue and have generally been resolved in a day.
Well if am honest its a bit dated, it was great a year ago but its looking aged, despite attempts to revamp, we ( us trialists ) have tried to help sort this out some of our ideas have been taken on board but many, like the over complex ready by timer and the fact if you have a newer iPhone with the swipe bar on the bottom that obscures the function button on the bottom of the app, have not been dealt with despite months of feed back.
The first of my cars to be connected was a 2013 24 leaf with over 90% battery capacity, the car operated for some months with and actual improvement in the SOH (battery capacity) over the month then it was traded in for a 62 this was connected and then covid-19 its at this point things went hmm with regards to exports so much so it was entirely pointless having a 62 hooked up so we swapped out for the Mrs 30 and we still use this today with the 62 not being loaded on to V2G properly yet.
It started off great the amount were huge the demand on the export was immense probably due to the time of year, we were also looking forward to unleashing the units full potential of export (this has not happened yet either we are still restricted to around 3KWA) but never the less it was financially worth hooking your car up with most trailists sign in good credit and paying for the house electric it looked like a winner and so it should be the electric companies are hiring our batteries we have paid a fortune for !! but now the summer the exports have slowed, often the 30 leaf would export fully up until march but now it leaves much of its battery power in the car proving the demand is not there but looking to the winter I hope to once again see an increase in exports.
This is by far the biggest issue I have with V2G, at first all was great but a few months in the emails start, you need to increase your direct debt, then all of a sudden the computer has increased it with out your say so, the stun leads to faffing about sorting it out, its corrected then a few months later its happens again and then repeat… annoying, yes OVO have admitted the V2G exports cause the billing system to error thinking your using lots of electric despite not actually looking et the credit figure, something that was getting sorted ….in `December were still waiting.
Well like many other people I have finished my first year some are months into their second and we are eagerly awaiting to here whats on offer come renewal, solar, whole house solutions who knows? but we all know one thing OVO energy are keeping the cards close to there chests a bold move as many people on the trial will already be looking to switch providers for better EV supply deals, I know I am keeping a keen eye on offers, because the amount of energy we as EV owners buy we do have quite a lot of Tarif options like charging overnight on cheaper tariffs, but hopefully we will get a deal moving forward.
What would I like to see?
Well full export capability would be nice to see so we can make best use of the financial side, but also I would like to see a range of supported products become available from OVO such as Solar or battery walls.
I hope everyone can take a little something from this, I hope I help the project managers along with the media and people looking to join and members, it’s the future !!!