Productiv is at the forefront of technology for the electrification of the automotive powertrain.
That’s why our product strategy manager, Tom Donnelly, attended a conference in Amsterdam last week on ‘vehicle to grid’; a potential solution to the additional load that will be placed on the national grid when we all start charging our electric cars.
These are the top three lessons Tom brought away with him:
- Chief technology officer for the City of Amsterdam, Ger Baron, explained to delegates that the Netherlands missed the first industrial revolution in the 17th century, which was driven by the steam engine, because the Dutch government was subject to powerful lobbying from the dominant wind power industry at the time. Now, however, it seems the situation has been completely reversed. A Dutch technology investor said that current opposition to wind turbines in the Netherlands means that the growth of wind power is now far behind other European countries such as Sweden, Spain and France.
- Vehicle to grid technology is already available in the shape of the Nissan Leaf. Following the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, the Japanese government asked Nissan to develop a vehicle to grid capability that could help power local facilities in an emergency. The result is that the original Leaf, with a battery capacity of 24kWh, can power a house for up to two days.
- The electric vehicle industry is giving rise to some unexpected new entrants. When the German post office, Deutsche Post, needed a small delivery van, they couldn’t find one that suited their particular needs. So they decided to build the van themselves! And it’s been so successful that they now sell electric delivery vans to other companies, and are even working on a larger van and an e-bike for mail delivery.
Read more about the Vehicle2Grid conference here