Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: feasibility studies

Key Features

UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid products and services.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Up to £157.5k

Opens: 10th Jul 2017

Closes: 18th Oct 2017

! This scheme is now closed

V2G is a system where plug-in electric vehicles, such as battery electric cars (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV), return electricity to the power grid with consent from their users. This is usually in return for a financial reward or benefit.

The aim of the feasibility studies competition is to support business-led feasibility projects that investigate novel technologies, consumer engagement approaches and business models for future implementation of V2G services.

As the fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid, ultra low-emission vehicles (ULEVs) grows, this important and rapidly developing area of technology has the potential to benefit vehicle users and support a more efficient electricity system.

The objectives are to achieve one or more of the following:

  • build confidence in and demonstrate the value of V2G technology to vehicle manufacturers, ULEV owners and users. The aim is to encourage significant take-up of ULEVs in the coming 5 to 10 years
  • learn how to engage ULEV owners and users and understand their attitude to different V2G technologies, products and services
  • demonstrate the technical and commercial potential for ULEVs to support the electricity system, either directly to the power grid or other local systems (for example, vehicle-to-building)

Innovate UK are seeking innovative solutions in the following V2G areas:

  • business models, technology and service standards
  • understanding user acceptance and consumer engagement
  • on and off-vehicle hardware, including bi-directional chargers, battery hardware and software, and cyber security
  • trials of different products and services in different scenarios

Project teams should include partners from across the V2G value chain. Projects should bring together participants from the traditional automotive and energy communities with other infrastructure providers.


Specific competition themes

This competition is to encourage solutions and bridge traditionally disconnected sectors. Projects are expected to contribute substantially to the understanding of the V2G opportunity and the business case for investment.

Feasibility studies could cover:

1. Techno-economic and commercial studies. This could include business models and value chains, or market/revenue studies.

2. User behaviour and engagement. This could include surveys about user behaviour and attitudes (only if part of a larger piece of work in this project), or effective approaches for engaging consumers.

3. Technology and standards development, such as those in the collaborative R&D competition.



To lead a project in this feasibility studies competition you must:

  • be a UK-based business
  • be a business of any size
  • carry out your project in the UK, unless a strong case is made to do otherwise. Costs of any overseas work or for any overseas parties are not funded through this competition
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and/or third sector)

Non grant partners

Projects may include non-grant-receiving partners (for example, non-UK businesses). Their costs will count towards the total project costs but they will not count as collaborators. There must be 2 grant-claiming partners.

All projects must involve at least 2 partners and a business must lead all projects.


Funding and project details

£20 million in total is being invested to fund innovation projects in V2G across 3 competitions.

The funding is envisaged to be split as:

  • up to £2 million for collaborative feasibility projects
  • up to £4 million for collaborative research and development projects
  • up to £14 million for demonstrator projects

The funders reserve the right to move funds. This will depend on the quality of bids received and our desire to fund a balance of projects across the 3 competitions.

You could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.

All projects must involve at least 2 partners and a business must lead all projects.

Projects are expected to last 12 months and to range in size from total costs of £125,000 to £225,000.