UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid

Vehicle-to-grid technology could help meet demand for electricity at peak times, with owners paid in money or free parking

The UK plans to invest millions of pounds to explore how the batteries in thousands of electric cars could help the power grid and drive take-up of the cleaner vehicles.

British businesses will be able to bid for £20m of government funding for undertaking research and trials of vehicle-to-grid technology, which officials believe holds “enormous potential” benefits for drivers and the energy system.

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