Australian-owned company EV-NRG has launched what is thought to be the first locally available domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger, that has the ability to both charge an electric car as well as discharge energy back to the grid.
The Indra V2G “smarter charger” has been in use in the UK since 2018, charging and discharging at a maximum rate of 6kW.
Under a partnership with Indra Renewable Technologies, EV-NRG will make the V2G charger available in Australia for just under $10,000.
It will work with any electric vehicle fitted with the CHAdeMO charge plug (which essentially means the Nissan Leaf and late model Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs in Australia).
EV-NRG CEO and founder Paul Hewitt says the decision to partner with Indra was made easy by the V2G charger’s solid history of use in the 300+ V2G charger Project Scirius that was undertaken in the UK with a grant from Innovate UK.
“We had many exploratory discussions with potential partners across the globe, before confirming and finalising the Technical Partnership with Indra Renewable Technologies; a UK based company that has been at the forefront of V2G and Smart charging,” Hewitt tells The Driven.
“Whilst we have only just released details about our agreement with Indra and the availability of the V2G charger, we have actually had this in place for some time and have had a V2G unit installed and in testing for a number of months.”
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