Danish project defines the electric vehicle of the future

Published on Tuesday, 7 March 2017

“It is important with a common definition of what the grid-integrated vehicle is, as it ensures that cars, across contemporary brands of series produced vehicles, have the technical capabilities required to optimally support the grid”

– Peter Bach Andersen, Researcher at the Center for Electric Power and Energy, DTU Electrical Engineering and Project Manager of the Parker project

To achieve this common definition, the Danish project will demonstrate and define the technical capabilities, which future electric vehicles must support in order to roll out V2G worldwide. Furthermore, the project will take the first steps towards developing a Grid Integrated Vehicle (GIV) certificate that car manufacturers can apply to mark the vehicles’ ability to support the grid. Consequently, the project strengthens Denmark’s position as a global pioneer, when it comes to grid-integrated vehicles.

“It is very exciting to see the different partners coming together, including utilities and car manufacturers, joining DTU and Nuvve in Denmark, where we have been pioneering V2G research for the last 5 years”

– Prof. Willett Kempton, Nuvve’s CTO and the inventor of the Grid Integrated Vehicle concept

Next step towards global commercialization

Besides playing a key role in global challenges such as air pollution, climate changes and balancing the electricity grid, V2G capabilities will make future electric vehicles more attractive to consumers, who among other things will be able to sell services to grid.

Leading car manufacturers such as Nissan, Mitsubishi and PSA Groupe recognize the commercial opportunities of grid integration and see the Parker project as the next step towards a global commercialization of grid integrated vehicles

“Nissan is known for innovation and quality, particularly in electric vehicles, and intends to be a leader in the development of vehicle-to-grid. We’re proud to participate in the Parker project, which will give us an even better understanding of how to integrate electric vehicles into the grid on a larger scale. Nissan believes that grid integration will revolutionize the energy market by transforming an electric vehicle into an active energy asset”

– Nicolas Joubaud, Section Manager of V2G and Stationary Storage at Nissan

In the project, the partners will explore the most viable commercial opportunities by systematically testing and demonstrating V2G services across car brands. Here, economic and regulatory barriers will be identified as well as the economic and technical impacts of the applications on the power system and markets.

“Enel is taking major steps in the development of smart grids with the aim of effectively integrating renewables into distribution grids, as well as creating an active role for the customer in the energy market. V2G is one of the most promising technologies through which these challenges can be tackled and for this reason, as well as participating in the Parker project, we have developed the Frederiksberg Pilot in Denmark, which is the first commercial V2G hub in Europe”

– Livio Gallo, Head of Global Infrastructure and Networks at Enel

The Parker project will interface with and pull data from the Frederiksberg Pilot, just as the project will perform tests on seven electric vehicles and six charging stations, which are part of the project.


For further information about the project, please contact Project Manager, Peter Bach Andersen, Center for Electric Power and Energy, DTU Electrical Engineering, mobile: +45 31 19 99 49, mail: pba@elektro.dtu.dk.For press related questions, please contact Communications Consultant, Suzanne Taylor, Insero: +45 41 77 24 73, mail: sdta@insero.com.Or read more on the project website.

Facts about Parker

Partners: Project partners are Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK).Duration: The project period is August 2016 to July 2018.Funding: The project has an overall budget of DKK 14,731,471 which is financed by ForskEL.Technology: The technology used by the project has been thoroughly tested and validated. This includes the vehicles (Nissan, Mitsubishi, PSA Groupe), charging infrastructure (Enel) and aggregation software (NUVVE). The use of such mature components reduces the technology-related risks in the project.


The Parker project builds on two previous projects, EDISON and Nikola, which have already laid the foundation for understanding the electric vehicle’s potential in balancing the Danish power system. Parker represents the next technology readiness level by allowing balancing services to be applied to a fleet of electric vehicles.