Leading British EV charging and smart energy technology business, Indra, has been awarded funding for two pioneering V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) charging projects and will play a significant role in the UK Government’s V2X Innovation Programme.
Indra will be further developing its industry-leading bidirectional charging technology as part of the Next Generation V2X Power Module project to make it even more efficient, powerful and cost-effective. Indra is also partnering in the V2X Inflexion project with Kaluza, OVO Energy and the Volkswagen Group UK. Indra will be spearheading the development of V2X technology with CCS (Combined Charging System standard) charging compatibility which is the most commonly used by European EV manufacturers – in this world-first trial.
Mike Schooling, Indra Founder and Chief Technology Officer commented:
“As pioneers in bidirectional charging technology, Indra is delighted to receive funding to develop the capabilities of V2X even further. Making energy smarter has never been more important and, with V2X technology, an electric vehicle effectively becomes a personal energy storage device on wheels, allowing power to be transferred to the home, to the workplace or even back to the grid. This game changing technology can deliver major cost and environmental savings and Indra is committed to bringing this innovation closer to wider real-world use.”
Energy and Climate Minister Graham Stuart said:
“We want to make smart charging an easier choice for drivers of electric vehicles, whether that is charging on the driveway, at the workplace, or parked on the street. To do that we need to build new network infrastructure at pace, using the latest available technologies.
“Today’s plan sets out how we will work with Ofgem and industry to kickstart the market for smart charging, which we are backing it up with £16m in innovation funding. This will let people take control of their energy usage, in the most convenient and low-cost way.”
Next Generation Power Module
Already a global leader in V2X technology, Indra’s existing bidirectional hardware and software solutions have been used in the first viable V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) trials with more than 1,000 charging units manufactured to date. While these still set industry standards today, research data from the trials and progress in the automotive and energy sectors have presented new innovation opportunities.
Bidirectional charging is now expanding from V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) to V2H (Vehicle-to-Home) technology, opening up the ability for homeowners to use their car to power their own domestic energy use rather than export energy back to the grid. Key benefits to consumers include costs savings from off-peak energy tariffs and the ability to use a greater volume of energy from renewable sources at peak use periods. The increase in battery capacity for EVs presents a huge opportunity for them to power their homes and therefore an even more sophisticated, efficient and powerful V2X system is required.
The Next Generation V2X Power Module project will bring this game-changing technology closer to commercial scale and use.
In a world first, the INFLEXION consortium brings together energy, mobility and technology stakeholders to develop V2X business models and rewarding customer propositions that will increase electric vehicle (EV) affordability and adoption.
Working in collaboration with software experts Kaluza, VW Group UK and OVO Energy, Indra will take a key role in Project INFLEXION, which has been established to investigate and deliver smart V2X methods that will make the technology attractive and affordable to a broader segment of the population. This approach will allow more consumers to make the most of both V2H and V2G possibilities, letting them use their EVs to lower energy bills and reduce demand on the grid at peak times.
The two projects will be funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), delivered by Innovate-UK. V2X is part of the up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
Indra was founded in 2013 on a mission to create the smartest way to power EVs (electric vehicles). Its design, R&D, engineering and manufacturing operations are based in Malvern, Worcestershire and this fast growing business has quickly established itself as a market leading EV and smart energy technology business.
Indra has designed a range of innovative, high-quality smart EV chargers that offer the most reliable, intelligent and sustainable EV charging capability. By working with carefully selected professional installer networks, Indra’s high-performance products are easy to install and operate; and are already in use in thousands of home and commercial locations worldwide.
Indra also developed the first domestic bi-directional V2G (vehicle to grid) charger which allows power to flow both ways, enabling users to control the flow of energy to where it’s most needed. This revolutionary technology means customers are able to access energy when needed and at its cheapest and most sustainable, and it also assists the grid in balancing energy load and demand. Indra has recently announced its intention to run the world’s largest V2H (vehicle to home) trial. Connecting to the grid with V2G is an intelligent use of energy but being able to move energy between your electric car and your personal home electricity supply is a game-changer – and where the most savings can be achieved.
About the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Leading economy-wide transformation by backing enterprise and long-term growth, generating cheaper, cleaner, homegrown energy and unleashing the UK as a science superpower through innovation. The V2X Flex project, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), delivered by Innovate-UK. V2X is part of the up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.