Renewable energy 'could be linked to electric cars'

19 Oct 2010
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Renewable energy 'could be linked to electric cars'

Electric cars could be used in the future to help produce more renewable energy, according to a freelance journalist.

Energy specialist Dave Levitan, writing for the Guardian, explained that the vehicle-to-grid concept involves fleets of electric cars acting as renewable energy storage facilities when they are not in use.

He said this excess renewable energy could then be fed back into the National Grid when it was most needed, or when the electric cars were required by their owners.

"Vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, is not a new idea. In fact, it's been floating around environmental and green tech circles for a decade at least," he added.

Mr Levitan stated that major drawbacks of renewable energy include that its generation is often unreliable and it is hard to store, but claimed V2G could solve the latter issue.

Carmaker Nissan is currently offering drivers a discount from the on-the-road price of its electric vehicle the Leaf. 

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