Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) Bi-directional Charging Competition (Phase 1)

Closing Date: 04/05/2022

UK businesses and research organisations can access grant funding to enable energy flexibility from bi-directional electric vehicle charging prototype hardware, software or business models.

This competition is administered by Innovate UK (IUK); the UK’s innovation agency. IUK works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth. IUK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – a non-departmental public body, funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This competition aims to facilitate an increase in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) capacity and further develop V2X technology and business model innovations. V2X can facilitate energy system flexibility by enabling the export of electricity from the batteries of EVs to other systems such as buildings, storage devices or the grid. The aim is to provide flexibility to support integration of additional renewable generation at lowest cost.

The aims of this competition are to:

  • Unlock and expand the energy flexibility potential of Electric Vehicle (EV) bi-directional charging technologies and business models in the UK.
  • Accelerate commercialisation of V2X technologies and services.
  • Increase business and consumer interest in V2X.
  • Bring together diverse stakeholders across the energy and transport sectors to overcome barriers to V2X deployment.

This competition is the first phase of a two phase V2X innovation programme with total funding of £11.4million. A separate competition for small scale V2X demonstrations is planned for 2023.

Phase 1 projects must deliver prototype hardware, software or business models which reduce barriers to entry for domestic or non-domestic use of V2X bi-directional chargers to provide energy flexibility services.

IUK will fund feasibility projects and industrial research projects. Projects can focus on one or more of the following:

  • Bi-directional charging equipment compatible with a wide range of EVs.
  • Bi-directional charging equipment using DC CCS, CHAdeMO or AC protocols.
  • Cost reduction of compatible bi-directional charging equipment or deployment costs.
  • Developing new business models to increase the range of V2X use-cases, for example in public charging locations or for freight vehicles.
  • Developing new V2X commercial propositions for example in new markets, such as V2H, V2B or for new services or stacking multiple revenues.
  • Providing valid and reliable data justifying revenue predictions for a range of market actors in the V2X ecosystem.
  • Exploring the opportunity for electric road vehicles, beyond cars, buses and light goods vehicles to provide quantifiable flexible energy services.
  • Providing technical solutions to optimise EV battery performance with V2X charging.
  • Making V2X charging more convenient for consumers.

This list is not exhaustive.

Funding body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Maximum value £210,000
Reference ID S23589
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences

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