Mitsubishi will be implementing a vehicle-to-grid pilot project in Amsterdam based around the use of the battery packs outfitted in the Outlander PHEVs (plug-in hybrids), according to a new press release.
The new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot project is being conducted in cooperation with the Netherlands/Germany-based grid operator TenneT, the electric vehicle smart-charging solutions provider NewMotion, and the V2G tech and grid-balancing services provider Nuvve.
Nuvve currently operates other V2G projects in the US, the UK, Denmark, France, and Netherlands.
In the new project, Mitsubishi’s role is to provide capacity reserve services through the connection of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs connected to the grid, whether at home (using charge points reportedly being provided by Enel) or at one of NewMotion’s plug-in electric vehicle charging stations. The platform being used is of course Nuvve’s Grid Integrated Vehicle platform (GIVe).
Amsterdam was likely chosen as the site of the new V2G pilot project owing to the fact that the Netherlands is host to more than 25,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs, with Amsterdam being home to a fair many of them.
The press release provides more: “Using V2G-technology, peak demand on the electricity grid can be better balanced, by allowing electric vehicles to not just take power from the grid, but also return it to the network and expect to introduce a new potential earnings model for electric drivers. Mitsubishi will verify the technology of V2G through this demonstration and aim to create new value and business opportunities utilizing electric cars / vehicle storage batteries.”
In related news, it’s probably worth noting here that pilot project partner NewMotion was recently acquired by Shell, with the EV charging company now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of the oil giant. For more information and editorial on that beyond the story linked above, also see: “It’s Over: Oil Giant Shell Doubles Down On EV Charging Stations.”