Since we sent out our last update via email, we've had a few questions coming back from you on what you'll need to be eligible for the trial. For those of you that registered interest in our V2G trial, you should receive an email update today with the information below.
(For those of you that are just interested in this technology, this is for you too!) :D
So to answer some of your questions, please see below!
The V2G trial - what you need:
- Your Electric Vehicle: We’ve entered into a partnership with Nissan and so the V2G Charger will only work on their vehicles. You’ll need to own, lease, or be the primary named driver on a Nissan Electric Vehicle, with a battery capacity of 30kWh or more.
- Your property: You’ll need to be the homeowner of the property where the install is taking place, or have written consent from the homeowner. You also need to have private off-street parking and a broadband connection.
- Energy Supply: OVO Energy will need to supply your property’s electricity. You can switch to us here, but please be aware that this doesn’t guarantee a place on the trial. Unfortunately the trial will not support Economy 7 or similar time of use tariffs.
- Smart Meter: You’ll need to have a working OVO Smart Meter at your property, and be opted-in to half hourly data sharing. This is so we can optimise your charging and calculate imports and exports to maximise the benefit that you get. You can order one here for free - but again, please be aware that this doesn’t guarantee you a place on the trial. Initially, we will be supporting SMETS1 meters, but we hope to be able to support SMETS2 in the near future.
- Location: Unfortunately, in the initial phase of the trial we will not be able to install a charger in Scotland or non-mainland UK. Also, initially we will not be able to support homes where electricity is supplied by Electricity North West. You can check who your energy supplier is here. We’re working on extending the trial beyond the current areas.
- Other microgeneration: If you have on-site microgeneration, its power output will need to be below 4kW.
What happens next?
We’re going to start contacting people who we believe meet the eligibility criteria in the next couple of months. We will start with a small number of people as we test our processes, but plan to expand the trial shortly after.
And in the meantime, feel free to keep a eye on the OVO forum for all the latest discussions and updates. We will make sure we post any updates as soon as we have them.
As always any comments or questions, get posting below!