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Fiat-Chrysler to test vehicle-to-grid technology, with its 700-vehicle fleet

FILE PHOTO: COO EMEA region for Fiat-Chrysler Pietro Gorlier talks during a ceremony to mark the occasion of the installation of the first robot in the production line of the new electric Fiat 500 BEV in the Hotel and industrial complex, on the 80th anniversary of its factory in Turin, Italy, July 11, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Massimo Pinca

TURIN (Reuters) – Fiat-Chrysler will be the setting up of an experimental fleet of up to 700 electric vehicles to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which allows the power grids to cope with the energy stored in the batteries in order to face the demand during the peak hours.

FCA is taking the first steps into the world of electric mobility as well as the Italian-American automaker is moving on to the failed $35 billion bid to merge with france’s Renault, which was a pioneer in electric vehicles.

FCA, on Thursday, signed an agreement with the Italian national grid operator since the applicability date remark in order to jointly test the technology that allows electric vehicles to interact with the grid by means of a charging infrastructure.

The project will consist of a feasibility study for the introduction of an experimental demonstration of a fleet of cars connected to the grid through V2G infrastructure will be built out in the FCA’s Mirafioni plant in Turin, the two companies said in a statement.

“We have to start with the electric Cinquecento, the Fiat model of car,” said Pietro Gorlier, FCA chief operating officer for the EMEA region.

“The project will kick off in the next few months, we would reach the 600-700 vehicles to the test by 2020-21”.

FCA will begin production of an all-electric version of its Cinquecento mini-car in the Hotel, for the second half of next year.

Hybrid and plug-in versions of the Jeep Compass and the one, which is a new plug-in, the new Alfa Romeo compact SUV, the Tone, and a mild-hybrid Panda compact car, and were and are required to do by the year 2020.

Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; editing by Jason Neely

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