Nuvve Corporation and The Lion Electric Co. announced their collaboration on launching vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a standard feature of their zero-emission school buses.
Lion recently launched LionA, an all-electric mini school bus, in addition to a portfolio of electric vehicles (EVs) including the LionC and LionD school buses and a wide range of electric trucks.
With this collaboration, Lion’s buses and Nuvve’s V2G technology will be fully integrated, which will enable the batteries of Lion vehicles to dynamically store and discharge energy when plugged in and controlled by Nuvve’s software platform, according to an announcement.
Nuvve and Lion already have partnered on key projects demonstrating the feasibility of V2G for school districts and utilities in California and New York. A joint project in White Plains, N.Y., is currently in operation with bidirectional power flow.
“We have been designing around V2G implementation on our platforms so as to provide our customers with the most advanced technology currently available,” says Lion Electric CEO and Founder Marc Bédard. “Nuvve brings its cutting edge and experienced aggregation platform to complement our robust product offering, giving our customers added value in the process.”
V2G enables a more efficient use of energy on the site at which the vehicles are parked by managing the loads of energy in conjunction with local buildings. Customers can save money through reduced energy costs since EVs can be charged when electricity demand is low and costs are optimized. Furthermore, Nuvve’s V2G platform offers specialized aggregation services that pool together the collective energy stored in multiple EV’s batteries to create a virtual power plant (VPP). From this VPP, energy and power may be sold on energy markets, both at the local level and at the system level, creating additional savings, Nuvve says.
“Lion’s modular platform approach to designing electric vehicles provides an ideal basis for integrating V2G and enabling all of their medium and heavy vehicles to serve new purposes such as providing grid services,” says Gregory Poilasne, Nuvve CEO and chairman. “There are many use cases for vehicles like school buses, delivery fleets and refuse trucks that are parked for many hours during the day and overnight that make their batteries ideal for what V2G can do to stabilize the grid.”