The Grid for Vehicles (G4V) project, which is aimed at evaluating the large scale impact of the integration of electric vehicles into Europe’s electricity grid and developing a roadmap for 2020 and beyond, has been launched, starting officially on 1 January.

The project, with a value of around €3.7 million over 18 months, is adopting a holistic European approach to analyse the impact of a mass introduction in detail in order to optimise the grid infrastructure and to make use of the inherent opportunities this represents for the operation of smart grids and energy efficiency.

The objective of the project is to develop an analytical framework for the planning of technological developments in the grid infrastructure and the definition of related ICT and policy requirements in order to cope with the mass introduction of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The project also will seek to clearly understand the effects of mass introduction under the differing conditions of the different EU member states. The project will deliver recommendations on aspects such as possible ICT solutions, anticipated grid services, renewable energy integration, prediction of mobile customers who are potential energy traders, and the impact of dedicated tariffs.

The project is led by RWE Rheinland Westfalen Netz AG, and includes major European electric utilities and academic institutions. These are EDP Inovacao (Portugal), Endesa Network Factory (Spain), Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (Netherlands), Electricité de France (France), Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany), Technische Universitaet Dortmund (Germany), Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola (Sweden), Vattenfall Research and Development (Sweden), Enel Distribuzione (Italy), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK), and Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain).

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