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New York City first bi-directional vehicle-network charging system went live last month in Brooklyn after a successful test run over the summer. The three bi-directional Fermata Energy chargers can export around 45 kW back to the grid during peak periods.
Revel, NineDot Energy and Fermata Energy partnered on the project, with partial funding from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator program, which provided NineDot with up to $250,000.
The chargers were installed in Revel’s warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood. Brooklyn-based electric mobility and infrastructure company Revel operates a fleet of 200 electric ride-sharing vehicles in New York City, Paul said. suheyco-founder and COO of the company.
“How we look at the transition to electric vehicles is much more complicated than just putting chargers in the ground,” Suhey said. He added that “a a reliable and resilient network takes precedence over the adoption of electric vehicles.
Suhey explained that vehicle-to-network, or V2G, integration is new to regulators and the utility. He said the challenges for this facility included understanding the technical requirements and developing the interconnection agreement with Consolidated Edison, the local utility company. “Even before exporting a kilowatt-hour, we’ve already learned a lot just by working with Con Ed through this process,” he said.
Vehicle-to-grid integration can be more effective among fleet owners than individual EV owners, Suhey believes. “It’s hard enough to teach consumers about the benefits of electric vehicles and charging range, let alone what it means to connect to the grid and why they should care.”
NineDot co-founder and CEO David Arfin said the technology could be used for delivery service fleets, school buses, Class 8 trucks and other fleet vehicles available to power the grid.
Fermata Energy also announced on Thursday that the first two-way charging systems in western Massachusetts were installed at a FirstLight Power hydroelectric plant, allowing that company’s two Nissan Leaf vehicles to send power back to the grid.
Nissan markets the Leaf as the only all-electric passenger vehicle currently on the U.S. market capable of delivering power to the grid, and it has approved the Fermata Energy FE-15 two-way charger for use with its Leaf vehicles.
California created its vehicle-network integration roadmap in 2014, and earlier this year it approved three vehicle-network integration pilot projects for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
“The reality is that energy and mobility are converging,” Suhey said.