At Indra, we’re pioneering bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging technology that is designed to help you save money and the planet by using surplus energy stored in your electric car or van to help power your home.
Our vehicle-to-home (V2H) proposition is the evolution of our world-leading bidirectional charging technology.
V2H technology can help you save up to £200 a month on your energy bills. It is also a game changer for helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
We were the first to successfully demonstrate large-scale domestic vehicle-to-grid technology in the ground-breaking Project Sciurus V2G trial. We are now running a large-scale V2H trial to learn more about the benefits of this technology.
Got questions? Read our Frequently-asked-questions.
If you are on a dual-rate tariff, V2H allows you to take advantage of the price difference that exists between your peak and off-peak tariff rates.
Using your EV’s battery to power your home at peak times allows you to avoid paying high energy prices from the grid, at times when the grid uses the most fossil fuels. The V2H charger will dynamically adjust its power output to match the power needs of your home.
You can charge your EV later during off-peak hours when electricity is greener and cheaper.
If you have solar panels, our V2H charger can help make the best use of your locally produced renewable energy.
Typically, half of the solar power you generate is sent to the grid. Rather than send surplus solar energy that isn’t needed by your home back to the grid, our charger can adjust its charging rate so the excess solar you are generating is sent to your EV’s battery.
When the sun stops shining, the energy you generated and stored from your solar panels can be discharged to power your home.
We have launched a large-scale V2H trial, further strengthening our position as a pioneer of domestic bi-directional electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The trial launched in Autumn 2022 with hundreds of participants and will run until 2024. The trial will help us gather real-world data to refine our V2H solution for the mass-market.
Mike Schooling, Indra’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), comments:
“Since launching the world’s first domestic V2G charger in 2018, Indra has been involved in several leading trials to develop bi-directional charging technology and broaden its capabilities. Connecting the vehicle to the grid is an intelligent use of energy but the ability to draw surplus power from an electric vehicle via V2H technology and use it in the home is a game-changer – and where the biggest savings can be achieved in today’s energy market."
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Not at present. Only those on the trial (now closed to new applicants) can currently purchase a V2H unit. We are working hard to bring to market our V2H technology. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with developments.
V2H is similar to V2G in the sense that both involve bidirectional power flows to and from your EV’s battery.
V2G refers to exporting power back to the national grid from your EV’s battery, whereas with V2H, the energy in your EV battery is used solely to meet the energy needs of your home. For the V2H trial, the charger will be optimised to avoid exporting power back to the grid.
Exact financial benefits from V2H will vary depending on various factors including your household electricity consumption, the driving profile of your EV(s), how long your EV is plugged in, your electricity tariff and what other technologies installed you have at home (e.g. solar panels). Based on early real-world findings for a household with high electricity usage (2 EVs, solar panels, heat pump) we have recorded savings of up to £200 per month are achievable.
The charger can charge and discharge at a rate of up to 6 kW.
In accordance with technical regulations the charger will disconnect in a power outage, and will not be capable of supplying power to the house.
Yes, our charger will allow you to charge your EV battery with any surplus power that may be generated by your solar panels.
Currently, our V2H chargers are only being used as part of our V2H trial and are not commercially available. We expect this to change in the future. Sign up to our V2H mailing list and we will let you know as soon as they are going to be on sale.