Driving to a more sustainable future

07 October 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel The Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) Electric Cars project of the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) was launched in Windhoek on Friday.
VGI is a way in which electric vehicles can provide benefits to the grid by using bi-directional
charging. According to UNDP resident representative, Alka Bhatia, this is a first of its kind in a United
Nations compound in Africa. “This pilot project, together with Nissan, was launched in 2016 and is
one of the pioneers if VGI technology and electric vehicles in Namibia,” she said.
Paul Chapman of Nuvve in Denmark, a global market leader in vehicle to grid technology, said that
connecting an electric vehicle to a VGI bi-directional charger makes it possible to deliver power to
the grid.
“Using VGI charging stations allows for stored energy in the electric vehicle to be transferred back to
the grid, so you can also generate revenue for these services,” Chapman said.
This project is in line with the UN’s “greening the blue” approach that was adopted in 2007. It aims
for all UN agencies to go green and become climate neutral.
The UN House in Windhoek installed solar power in 2017.
The 21kWh battery of the two Nissan vehicles takes two hours to fully charge and can cover 120km
range per charge.

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