Many years ago in Japan I saw something that is only now really beginning to penetrate our consciousness. A few electric cars were plugged in, apparently for charging. But this was not the case. Instead of taking power, they gave it to light up a building.
The electrical energy had been stored in the cars using cheaper off-peak electricity and was then transmitted at a lower cost.
It hasn’t quite caught on globally yet, although there are some examples as you know. But now Volvo is highlighting the fact that their new EX90 will have this bi-directional supercharging.
Or at least it will have the hardware for such a function. When it’s in full swing is another matter. It is important that there is movement to turn your car into an electricity provider and consumer.
Volvo says electric vehicles with this two-way charging can help reduce peak peak loads on the power grid.
That means your car could help meet your energy needs at home. And when unplugged, it becomes a “battery on wheels, powering your life on the go.”
The EX90, which will be unveiled on November 9, will be the first Volvo car hardware-ready for such charging functions.
Using a dedicated smartphone app, the EX90 allows you to “charge your car when grid demand and prices are low, and store the cheaper stored energy to use later”.
The big plus is how the technology can power your home during the expensive peak times of the day.
Ultimately, your car will be able to “lend a helping hand” and support other Volvos. And they can take revenge.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/how-new-tech-will-turn-your-car-into-a-battery-on-wheels-volvo-42049518.html How new technologies are turning your car into a “battery on wheels” – Volvo