At Indra, we’re pioneering domestic bi-directional electric vehicle (EV) charging technology that is designed help you save money and the planet by using surplus energy stored in your electric car or van to help power your home.
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Our V2H proposition is the next evolution of our world-leading bi-directional charging technology (V2X). We were the first to successfully demonstrate large-scale domestic Vehicle to Grid technology in a real-world project. With over 1,000 V2X units manufactured, we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of this world-leading green tech.
The exciting thing about V2H technology is that you can not only import energy into your EV when it is cheapest to do so and use it to drive your car or van, but you can also use any surplus energy to power your home. The car battery essentially becomes your own personal energy storage facility.
The idea of Vehicle-to-Home charging is based on smart charging principles as it enables you to increase and decrease the charging of your car depending on when you need to use energy. But the really smart part is that it also allows any surplus power accumulated in your vehicle to be used to power your home, enabling you to save money and help the grid by reducing your energy use from the grid at peak times.
This two-way method of distributing energy is also better for the planet as it is designed to reduce CO2 emissions, stabilise the grid and support a more renewable future.
Charge your electric car or van and supply energy from the vehicle to your home for a cheaper, more planet-friendly way of living.
We proudly design, manufacture and support V2H chargers from our HQ in beautiful Malvern, Worcestershire.
We’ve squeezed everything you need to charge your electric vehicle and power your home inside the chargers. It even has built-in cable storage.
V2H charger features
Our V2H chargers are Nissan Approved and CHAdeMO certified.
Come rain or shine, these bi-directional chargers can handle the elements and continue to perform at an optimum level all year round.
Power your home
You can provide energy to an electric vehicle and supply energy from the vehicle to your home, so you can effectively use your car to cook your dinner, wash your clothes or make a delicious cup of tea.
Store energy in your vehicle for use later, saving on energy costs, reducing CO2 emissions, and managing your demand profile.
Input - AC (from the grid)
Maximum input power: 6kW
Maximum continuous input current: Variable up to 32A
Nominal frequency: 50Hz
Output - AC (to the grid)
Maximum output power: 6kW
Output voltage: 230V, AC ± 10% (1P)
Maximum continuous output current: Variable up to 32A
Nominal frequency: 50Hz
Output – DC (into vehicle)
Maximum DC Power: 6kW
Maximum input voltage: 500V (360-380V nominal)
Maximum input current: 15A DC
V2H allows for two-way power flows between your home and your electric car or van (EV). This means as well as charging your EV as normal, you can use the energy stored in your EV battery to power your home when it makes sense to do so.
Exact financial benefits from V2H will depend on various factors including your household electricity consumption, the driving profile of your EV(s), your electricity tariff and whether you have solar panels or heat pumps.
Based on early real-world findings for a household with high electricity usage (2 EVs, solar panels, heat pump) we have observed savings of over £200 per month are achievable.
To date, Indra has manufactured over 1,000 bi-directional chargers to UK. Since our ground-breaking Project Sciurus V2G trial, we have received a huge amount of interest from the public expressing interest in our innovative chargers.
We would now like to make our chargers available to a broader spectrum of customers – and explore together the benefits available from using the same bi-directional technology to carry out V2H(rather than V2G).
This V2H trial will allow us to test new use cases of our technology, and obtain valuable real-world data on V2H usage, benefits and associated user behaviour.
Yes - our V2H charger can help make the best use of your locally produced renewable energy.
Rather than export excess solar energy from your panels to the grid, our charger can dynamically adjust its charging rate to ensure the solar you are generating is sent to your EV battery, ready for use when it is needed later.
Details for the cost of the V2H charger and install will be announced in due course. A contribution towards the hardware and installation costs will be required.
V2H can help save money on your energy bill and reduce carbon emissions.
Exporting power back to your home from your EV battery at peak times allows you to avoid paying high energy prices for importing electricity from the grid and helps reduce the grid’s reliance on fossil-fuelled power generation.
You can charge your EV during off-peak hours when electricity is greener and cheaper, or for free if you have solarpanels installed at your home.
By intelligently controlling and managing the flow of electricity between homes and EVs, our journey to zero emissions will be rapidly accelerated.
V2H is very similar to V2G in the sense that both involve bi-directional power flows.
V2G refers to exporting power back from electric vehicles to the national grid, whereas with V2H, the energy in your EV battery will solely be used to meet the energy needs of your home.
There are a number of factors that will need to be considered regarding eligibility – not all of which are fully defined yet. Phase 1 of the trial requires vehicles with a CHAdeMO connection.
We are currently asking for EV drivers to express their interest in taking part in our private V2H trial. We expect the first V2H units to be installed from the beginning of Autumn 2022; further details will be confirmed in due course.