In a press release a couple of days ago ABB announced that:
ABB Vehicle-to-Grid technology will set global benchmark for bi-directional charging with brand-new 11 kW station
ABB’s global e-mobility leadership has once again been underlined by the supply of its bi-directional charging technology to a Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) partnership project.
As part of a contract with France’s DREEV, a joint venture between Électricité de France (EDF) and Nuvve, which specializes in intelligent charging for EVs, ABB will supply its brand-new 11 kW bi-directional charging technology, specially designed for V2G.
ABB’s solution integrated with DREEV software technology will enable EV drivers to export surplus power back to the grid. With potential to generate up to 20€/EV/month, V2G thereby reduces the total cost of ownership and further boosts the adoption of EVs. Bi-directional chargers also help smooth the flow of uneven generation of electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
According to Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions:
ABB is a global market leader in fast charging solutions. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support DREEV in its mission to actively participate in making the grid more resilient with V2G technology. Our cooperation with DREEV is one of the leading efforts worldwide to deploy real V2G technology to the field.
The press release suggests the new 11 kW units will be arriving here in the UK in the not too distant future:
Under the partnership, ABB will supply V2G bi-directional kiosks in France, followed by installations in the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Germany.
The light and compact 11 kW charger delivers a quick and flexible charge and is fully compatible with current and future EVs. It meets the most stringent grid compliance requirements and is designed to be the global benchmark for V2G charging.
That strongly suggests that the ABB wallbox is already compliant with UK grid codes, which is excellent news! I wonder when we’ll be able to put one through its paces (dis)charging Lisa, our faithful 30 kW Nissan LEAF. She has been patiently waiting for such a device for quite some time now: