Islington Council has launched a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging project in partnership with Honda and energy technology firm Moixa.
The project will allow council vehicles to recharge while also providing energy storage for Islington Town Hall.
Five bidirectional V2G chargers, manufactured by EVTEC and Honda, have been installed with Moixa’s GridShare software in a car park at the town hall. The system charges the council’s new Nissan e-NV200 electric vans when power on the local network is cheapest and cleanest, and discharges power from the vehicle batteries when it is most expensive and carbon intensive.
According to Islington Council, when EVs are plugged in to all of the chargers the technology can provide enough power to cover the whole town hall base load.
The council has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and is transitioning its fleet of nearly 500 vehicles to electric. Its goal is to electrify the entire fleet, cutting 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from local air pollution every year.
By facilitating the transition towards EVs, this project will reduce harmful air pollution and help the council achieve its 2030 target while also saving money for essential services.
“The EV revolution will put millions of ‘batteries on wheels’ on our roads in the next decade,” said Chris Wright, Moixa’s chief technology officer. “By using AI-driven charging technology, we can intelligently manage these fleets of batteries, securing lowest-cost charging and highest-impact carbon savings. Our project with Honda and Islington shows what is possible and provides a blueprint for all large organisations to follow.”
A recent report from the EV Energy Taskforce called for a coordinated introduction of smart charging infrastructure to enable electricity network operators to balance demand and supply. The advisory body to the UK Government said that an effectively managed integration of electric vehicles with the energy system can significantly improve the efficiency of the network, increase system resilience and limit the requirement to build costly new infrastructure to meet growing electricity demand.