Energy Managers Association chief Rupert Redesdale has suggested the idea of electric vehicles acting as meaningful energy storage is “complete crap”.
Speaking at the EMA’s Emex event in London, Redesdale said that his view was based on his own experience as an EV owner.
“I have an EV. It’s great. But I spend three hours charging it and then have to fight people for the [out of home] charging points. Why would I let anyone drain it [to provide grid balancing services]?”
“EVs being a source of standby [power] is simply not going to happen,” said Redesdale.
Speaking at the same session, Elexon’s John Lucas said he held a “slightly less sceptical view”.
“Having some level of controllability [over charging] so that they are not all charged over the peak demand period is key. It will be vital to the EV rollout.
“I do see clear opportunities for vehicle-to-grid [services],” said Lucas. “It is definitely part of the picture in my view.”
EV manufacturers such as Nissan have suggested that EV owners could earn up to €1,300 per annum by allowing third parties to control their EV batteries when parked and connected to a charger.
Numerous other firms are positioning to act as a form of aggregator via electric vehicle batteries and charge points.