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Progress on Vehicle-to-grid

Summary

Assessment of Vehicle-to-grid in GB

Having very large quantities of storage will be essential to counter the supply shortages caused by dependence on wind and solar power. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) storage is seen by the National Grid as capable of providing more storage than any of the alternative storage technologies.

It is relatively new technology, and its success depends on a number of factors:

  • the rollout of battery electric vehicles (BEVs)
  • implementation of the required supporting infrastructure
  • adoption and use of V2G by BEV owners.

Given that the rollout of BEVs is currently behind schedule and there is no live use of V2G so far, we rate it as Amber.

Note that the National Grid's Five Year Forecast figures that are shown in the chart are based on the date for the ban of sale of new ICE cars which was in force when FES 2020 was published.

For more information about V2G, see our Vehicle-to-grid page.

Last updated March 2021

V2G Actual Number V2G Actual Number V2G Five Year Forecast 2020 V2G Five Year Forecast 2020 V2G Five Year Forecast 2020 V2G Five Year Forecast 2020 V2G Five Year Forecast 2020 V2G Five Year Forecast 2020

(Graph based on National Grid data.)