NewMotion have signed a Letter of Intent with the municipality of Amsterdam and a number of other public and private entities to scale up Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) technology. The partners plan the commercial roll-out of V2X technologies through projects that connect Electric Vehicles (EV) to energy systems in the Amsterdam region. The letter was signed at EVS32, Europe’s leading e-mobility summit, by Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Sharon Dijksma and Sytse Zuidema, CEO of NewMotion. In addition, the Letter of Intent was also signed by the municipality of Weesp, Alliander, ElaadNL, Engie, Hitachi, HvA, Johan Cruyff ArenA, Mitsubishi Motors, and Nissan.
V2X is an advancement of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. V2G electric vehicles cannot only store energy, but also feed it back into the power grid at a later point in time. This way, electric vehicles offer a solution for the fluctuating supply of solar and wind energy by smoothing out peaks in supply and demand. With V2X, electricity can be fed back into the public electricity grid, but also into private power grids like office buildings or private homes. In addition, the use of the batteries as energy storage will make electric cars more attractive and further the use of renewable energy.
In 2017, NewMotion partnered up with Mitsubishi, the network operator TenneT and Enel in a first V2G pilot project. In 2018, another V2G pilot was initiated in Amsterdam together with partners Alliander, Enervalis and the innovation platform Amsterdam Smart City. This pilot was part of the City Zen program which aims to make cities more energy-efficient.
In October 2018, NewMotion, eNovates and PRE Power Developers bundled their know-how to develop a new V2X charge point. This charge point combines cloud-based management and an integrated design that is compact, lightweight and easy to install. It is the only certified, readily deployable and affordable charger in Europe for use cases such as Frequency Containment Reserve and solar-optimized charging.
“NewMotion is proud to support Amsterdam in its endeavor to ban all petrol and diesel engines from the city by 2030. With this plan, the city is spearheading the transition to e-mobility and a cleaner future – and is acting as a role model for other communities worldwide. V2X technology will play an important role in this transition as it enables us to intelligently store and dispatch clean, renewable energy from the sun and wind when we need it the most. This can be done without large investments in the grid, because with our V2X charger, electric cars are used to shave peaks in energy supply and demand”, explains Sytse Zuidema, CEO of NewMotion.
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NewMotion and the city of Amsterdam are two pioneers in the fields of e-mobility and V2X technology. Amsterdam is a forerunner when it comes to sustainable mobility in a broader sense, and more specifically in the area of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. In 2018, around 3,000 public charge points in the city and 3,000 in the wider region served more than 40,000 electric vehicle drivers. By 2030, Amsterdam plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from the city to completely transition to e-mobility. The V2X project will support this transition.
“For Amsterdam and the region, this is the next step in the transition to a fully sustainable transport system. Amsterdam is already a leader in the field of electric driving and charging infrastructure, but in order to make the region future-proof and to support further growth of e-mobility, more needs to be done”, says Dijksma.