Swiss electronics giant ABB will supply its brand-new 11 kW bi-directional charging technology, specially designed for V2G, as part of a contract with France’s DREEV, a joint venture between Électricité de France (EDF) and intelligent charging specialist Nuvve.
ABB’s solution, integrated with DREEV software, will enable EV drivers to export surplus power back to the grid. It’s estimated that customers could earn up to 20 euros per month in rebates from the local utility.
Under the partnership, ABB will supply bi-directional V2G kiosks in France, followed by installations in the UK, Italy, Belgium and Germany.
The compact 11 kW charger is fully compatible with current and future EVs. Few EVs currently support V2G, but ABB expects it to become a dominant technology within the next five years. ABB sees V2G technology as a natural fit for the company, which is not only a major EVSE provider, but also works closely with electric utilities.
“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,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions. “Our cooperation with DREEV is one of the leading efforts worldwide to deploy real V2G technology to the field.”
“V2G is a technology that requires both innovation and industrial capabilities,” said DREEV CEO Eric Mevellec. “This cooperation with ABB is key to bring our solutions to the next level. We are now ready to accelerate commercial development.”