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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (June 20) issued a call for evidence to better understand the role of vehicle-to-x (V2X) technologies in the transition to net zero. V2X is an umbrella term for technologies that allow an electric vehicle (EV) to export the energy in its battery for another use, including vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-business. Although V2X has been technically feasible for over a decade, the challenge has been to realise a viable commercial model, according to the call for evidence.

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Drivers would be able to sell power stored on their electric vehicle batteries back to the grid under plans to shore up Britain’s energy supply. Ministers are exploring an idea to allow the grid to suck power out of electric car batteries at times of high demand. Motorists could earn up to £436 annually from the scheme, on top of savings from so-called “smart charging”, research cited by officials suggests. The Government said the 15m electric vehicles on the road by 2030 could be “a major source of flexibility” to help meet the country’s soaring electricity needs from the net zero transition. This would allow electric cars to export the energy in the battery to supply a home, a business or the electricity grid. Trials are being held across the world to help make the technology viable for mass use. Officials called the potential benefits to the energy system “very promising” but noted it could worsen green motorists’ “range anxiety”, whereby drivers worry they cannot use their electric vehicle when they want. The RAC estimates that a car is used just 4pc of the time, meaning their batteries would be available to power homes when demand peaks.

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