As part of the French InterFlex demonstrator Nice Smart Valley, the company NICE MATIN, supported by the EDF Group, operates a fleet of electric vehicles since October 4th and until the end of the year, while adapting to the needs of the electric power system.
Indeed, NICE MATIN joined Nice Smart Valley and the low-carbon mobility through DREEV, the joint venture between EDF and California start-up Nuvve, when implementing two innovative bi-directional charging stations and two electric vehicles. The goal within the project is to explore how the fleet can become an active asset for the energy system of tomorrow.
Beyond the intelligent charging of electric cars at the most suitable times of the day and according to the customer’s itinerary planning, the energy accumulated in the batteries of electric vehicles can also be used to supply energy to the NICE MATIN building, or to the public electric system, when needed. This is called the Vehicle-To-X concept (V2X). What does Vehicle-to-X mean? Indeed, X stands for Grid, Home or Building, depending on the nature of the customer’s consumption. The concept is simple: it is about the energy flowing from the electric system to the vehicle as well as from the vehicle to the electric system.
More generally, the electric vehicle, primarily dedicated to mobility needs, becomes, thanks to its battery, an asset that can serve the electric system.
Cost efficient for the customer, low-carbon for the planet and optimal for the electric power system, V2X holds the promise of a technological breakthrough at the crossroads of transportation and energy issues, and it is a real sign of investment into a sustainable future energy system.