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Finnish public V2G charging point forms first step to fully integrated EV ecosystem

A new public vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging point is to go live in Helsinki, Finland, under a partnership between EV charging firm Virta, Finnish energy company Helen and Nissan.

Virta V2G in Suvilahti, Finland

Virta V2G in Suvilahti, Finland

Said to be a first – with Virta claiming that no similar V2G charging stations are available elsewhere in Europe – the V2G charging point in the former Suvilahti power plant opens for public use next Tuesday (26 September).

An initial pilot run will offer Virta end users who drive electric vehicles a free charge in return for a small discharge, made possible by the bidirectional charging device. The V2G function will be implemented so that the vehicle battery will be fully charged despite supporting the electricity network, acting as a buffer, which means the battery’s charge would only fluctuate by a few percent once recharged.

In the initial stage, the V2G charging point will be suitable for Nissan electric vehicles.

In the longer term, the charging point will enable future EV owners to gain financial benefits for stabilising the grid, which the firm says driver participation will be crucial when EVs and intermittent renewable energy sources become more common.

Nissan’s zero emission strategy manager Jarkko Ahlbom said: “Our joint project with Helen and Virta is the first step towards a fully integrated ecosystem in electric vehicle use in Finland. The development possibilities in energy management are better than ever before with the merging energy and vehicle sectors. Nissan sees electric vehicles as more than just a means of transport: the batteries of electric vehicles can also be utilised as mobile energy sources.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.