The much-awaited announcement on the V2G trial for me was a fizzle as compared to a blast. The opportunity to create, innovate and progress the V2G trial was rather missed. I am fully supportive and appreciative of the OvO trial however the incentives for the participants appear to be under-represented. If this has to succeed as a sustainable business model, it must work for the customers, Kaluza, Indra and OvO. Let’s look at some of the benefits (for the customer) at the end of the trial:
- a free (Not smart if you exit the contract with OvO) charger with ChaDemo cable
Now given this is trial funded by the UK taxpayers, the cost of the V2G unit is being ignored. That is a whole different discussion on the viability of V2G technology.
In contrast, most of the trialists would have generated in a range of £150 to £450 per year of additional cash benefit by V2G export. Now to compare the fixed OvO tariff (in my personal case and to use
Regarding my OvO experience, I agreed to switch to the smart meter as part of the trial and was not informed first generation meter will be installed. I am still waiting for my IHD to be delivered 9 months into the trial, follow up last week confirmed I am in the queue. Whilst the V2G unit has worked seamlessly (bar apart two power reset in 9 months) it is now faulty from last 4 weeks and replacement is being arranged 3 weeks from now. This is unfortunate but expected from trial and I am okay with that. Lastly, the unresolved topic of efficiency of the V2G charger. In my post shared earlier data from my charger suggested a heating (or energy) loss of greater than 25%. Now, that immediately (if true) would make the proposition less attractive financially. I never got around to establish the cause but data supported the heating loss. The Kaluza and OvO customer service has been hit and miss, sometimes exceptional and then rather dismal. I had hoped that given a small number of (active) trialist a focus group could have been facilitated by OvO to ensure a transparent discussion could be had. I am sure trialist will understand when it makes no commercial sense to provide alternative solutions.
This forum and enthusiasm of fellow V2G’ers have kept me engaged in this trial, which is a big plus!
So the big question - Will you stay or will you go?