Batteries on wheels

A new vehicle-to-everything (V2X) bidirectional charging programme has been created to allow EV users to use the battery power for other uses.

The INFLEXION system, launched by Kaluza with Volkswagen Group UK, OVO Energy, and Indra enables drivers to power their home with their EV, leverage their EV as a backup power source during outages, and sell surplus energy back to the grid, helping to dramatically reduce their energy and mobility costs while accelerating decarbonisation.

INFLEXION marks the real-world use of bi-directional charging using Combined Charging System (CCS) technology – to enable compatibility with most modern EV models.

The consumer insights gathered through INFLEXION will also enable Kaluza and its partners to develop propositions that harness the full potential of V2X charging for customers, helping to lower the total cost of EV ownership and maximise the impact on grid balancing and decarbonisation.

INFLEXION, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, will be funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by Innovate UK. V2X is part of the up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1bn BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. Phase 1 of the project, which will focus on the development of the V2X charging solution, will begin in September 2022.

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