With the support of the European Innovation Fund, which aims to promote innovative low-carbon technologies, the EDF Group is going to deploy 800 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging stations across Europe, notably in France.
This project, which has been named EVVE (Environmental Valorization of Virtual Electricity storage), will highlight the contribution of V2G to the decarbonization of transport and the valorization of low-carbon energy.
The EVVE project: creating a gigantic virtual battery of over 8 MW
This Europe-wide project, led by the EDF Group and its subsidiary Dreev, is based on Vehicle-to-Grid technology, which makes it possible to use electric vehicles as a means of storing energy and feeding electricity back into the customer's electricity network (site, building, etc.) when the vehicles are not in use. Its ambition is to deploy and aggregate around 800 bi-directional charging stations across Europe to form a virtual battery with a capacity of 8.36 MW, which will draw its energy from hundreds of compatible electric vehicles.
This project is subsidised by the European Innovation Fund, and will benefit companies and local authorities that wish to electrify their vehicle fleet. These terminals will also be deployed as part of the EV100 initiative within the EDF group, which aims to convert 100% of its light vehicle fleet to electric by 2030.
The EVVE project in figures
bi-directional charging points
tonnes of CO2 less
virtual battery power created
How will this virtual battery work in practice?
Dreev, a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, will control the charging and discharging of hundreds of electric vehicles via its platform, which will help to optimise the flow in real time on the basis of the state of charge of the vehicles, user needs, electricity tariffs and also the constraints and needs of the electrical grid.
Apart from the installation of 800 bi-directional charging stations by the end of 2024, the EVVE demonstrator aims to extend the functionalities of V2G to prepare for its development on a larger scale, to optimise its economic performance and to increase the reduction in volume of C0₂. Feedback on the project's progress will be shared regularly in order to increase awareness of the technology, thus contributing to its continuous improvement.
Map of installations as of 30/06/2022
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