Volkswagen says it signed a memorandum of understanding with Ellia Group on Friday for the study V2G technology and how it can potentially help stabilize the energy grid while rewarding electric vehicle drivers.

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology has huge potential as more electric vehicles hit the roads. Electric vehicle chargers and the technologies behind the connectors have evolved as automakers partner with tech leaders, charging companies and utilities to enable their vehicles to drive more than zero emissions.

For example, Ford, Hyundai, Porsche, Nissan, Teslaand others have explored how drivers can use V2G technology to send power from their cars to the power grid.

Electric batteries have incredible storage capacity, which is a significant advantage as countries transition to renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar have incredible value, but they also have benefits obstacle course.

For one thing, wind and solar cannot be produced on demand, making storage solutions necessary. Although the transition will require more transmission power, electric vehicles offer a unique solution.

Elia is a Belgian high voltage transmission operator that supports the supply and demand of electricity. The company believes that electric vehicles can be a key asset for balancing the grid, referring to them as “batteries on wheels”.

Volkswagen is joining Elia’s mission as the automaker accelerates its transition to sustainable transport and explores how V2G technology can help integrate electric vehicles for a better energy grid.

Volkswagen V2G Promotion Source: V2G UK

Volkswagen and Elia agree on plans to integrate V2G into the grid

Over the next few years, Volkswagen, Elli (VW’s energy and charging division), Elia and its startup re.alto will explore the benefits of V2G integration and the potential challenges associated with it.

In accordance with press releaseVW’s new partnership aims to show how EV drivers “will be able to charge their EVs when there is plenty of renewable energy on the grid” and “inject electricity stored in EVs back into the grid when it’s most needed” with V2G technology .

Elli’s CEO, Elke Temme, talks about the benefits of using bi-directional power, stating:

Linking the energy and mobility sectors is an important key to achieving climate neutrality. Using an electric car battery as a mobile power bank has a triple benefit: first, climate benefits, as renewable energy can be stored and thus used more efficiently; second, the electric grid benefits as the vehicle can contribute to the stability of the grid, and third, the customer can earn additional revenue from vehicle-to-grid services. To explore the benefits of this consumer-centric approach, the collaboration with Elia Group is crucial for us.”

When deployed correctly, technology can benefit everyone involved. With less load on the energy grid, utility companies can offer consumers lower rates. In addition to this, EV drivers can receive incentives for returning energy when it is most needed.

Volkswagen and its partners will focus on four critical areas that will lead to successful V2G integration, including:

  • Price signals (incentives) – Exploring ways to incentivize electric vehicle drivers to use their vehicles to store and send energy back to the grid.
  • Market design – Work on eliminating barriers that prevent electric car owners from choosing an energy supplier.
  • Credentials – For safety reasons, electric vehicles must go through a certain verification process to connect to the grid.
  • Secure connection – Make sure the connection is secure and any data you transfer is secure.

For V2G to work at scale, Volkswagen and its partners recognize that these important factors must be addressed first.

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