The United States Department of Energy and several stakeholders have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for two-way charging integration for EVs and infrastructure.
Marked by the first solar-centric PV MagazineMOUT includes several Energy Department offices, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utility Commission, Los Angeles and Lancaster (California), vehicle manufacturers Ford, General Motors, Lucid, Nissal and Lionel Eckle, and Lion Eckle, and Lion Eckle Workers 11 local unions, among others.
The goal of the collaboration, which seems to be mostly California-based based on participants, is to bring together stakeholders and coordinate two-way charging efforts that allow EVs to return power to the grid. Automakers have promoted it as a backup power source for the home, a way to power tools or electronics, and even a way to charge other vehicles with a pinch.
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“The purpose of this MoU is to collaborate to explore opportunities for research, engineering and infrastructure investment that will accelerate and enable bilateral [plug-in vehicle] Integration into the electric grid, “possibly with an exhibition two-way charging station,” the document said.
A number of demonstration projects have already been launched to show how the integrated two-way charge of a fleet of EVs can stabilize the grid. But the lack of production vehicles capable of two-way charging has made it a key issue.
But now some automakers are hinting that they want to make the two-way charging capability widely available soon. A report earlier this month stated that Volkswagen plans to add dual charges to the EV based on its ubiquitous MEB platform after 2022.
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The Ford F-150 Lightning will be one of the first products to offer the relevant home hardware and will be under warranty from the automaker.
Both the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Lucid Air were designed for two-way charging, but no car manufacturer has detailed the home hardware needed to send power back to the grid.
Some companies, including Ford and General Motors, are also studying the role of EVs in grid stabilization through pilot programs. GM and Pacific Gas and Electric announced a similar program for California in March.