Our SEEV4-City partner Cenex Nederland works on several user-perspective initiatives, some also through activities within SEEV4-City, which are aimed at understanding the role EV-drivers play, especially relating to Smart Charging and Vehicle-2-Grid. The latter was of particular interest for Koen van Heuveln, Management of Technology student at TU Delft looking to do his Thesis. For all the (technical) potential that V2G can bring, he also noticed the minimal attention and inclusion of consumers (EV-drivers) in V2G initiatives to date, Koen defined his Thesis research question as:
“To what extent do Dutch EV drivers accept V2G at long-term parking?”
So what are some of the key messages from Koen’s research? The more familiar the EV-driver was/became with how V2G works, the bigger their willingness to participate, and not just in long-term parking situations. Their motivations range from being compensated to knowing they are contributing to solutions for societal challenges. Clear bi-directional communication is key, as is a relatively smooth integration with their ‘normal’ (EV) use pattern. For more useful details and insights you can find the full thesis here.