This report presents early results from interviews conducted in late 2020 and early 2021 with the Realising Electric Vehicle-to-Grid (REVS) consortium, REVS trial end-users, future private and fleet end-users, and industry specialists.
The social research stream of the Realising Electric Vehicle-to-grid Services (REVS) trial examines sociotechnical dynamics in the advancement of vehicle-to-grid (V2G), considering the views of technology developers and different user groups. The work takes a broad approach to V2G analysis that includes different implementations of bidirectional charging as well as both private and fleet electric vehicle (EV) users.
This report presents early results from interviews conducted in late 2020 and early 2021 with the REVS consortium, REVS trial end-users, future private and fleet end-users, and industry specialists. It is an interim report of work in progress: it does not include the full suite of results collected to date, and data collection is still underway.
As a trial project, REVS is application-oriented in the sense that trial end-users are staff of a consortium member (albeit within a different organisational unit) and the technical concept design has an intentionally limited scope. Hence the V2G concept being trialled is not a complete offering ready to compete on the market. The social research stream therefore aims to broaden the impact of REVS by looking to the future, informed by the multi-level perspective of sociotechnical transitions. Anticipating future risks and benefits associated with a technology in the design phase is a critical element of responsible research and innovation.