General Motors is exploring vehicle-to-grid(V2G) capabilities in electric vehicles. The automaker partners with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), where both entities will investigate bidirectional charging into the grid. It would improve energy distribution. 

Under the agreement, GM and SDG&E will investigate how they can use EVs with bidirectional charging into the electric grid to enhance stability during peak demand. GM and SDG&E will take a holistic approach, studying solutions needed to accelerate vehicle-to-grid adoption. It includes three major solutions;

- Documenting best V2H practices so that the benefits are apparent to consumers.

- Creating systems to help utility providers and automakers tap into cloud-based energy management platforms and distributed energy resources (EVs with V2G) to create Virtual Power Plants.

- Investigating using EVs to assist in microgrid environments, promoting grid resiliency in communities. Microgrids are designed to use the stored energy in batteries as backup during an outage.

 As part of the new partnership, GM and SDG&E will look at three vehicle-to-grid integration abilities, including V2H, V2G, and Virtual Power Plants. GM VP of EV growth operations, Travis Hester, talks about the role this technology can plant in the future. Stated, “As GM continues on its journey towards an all-electric future, expanding the capabilities of EVs represents a significant opportunity to help strengthen grid resiliency and mitigate the impact of disruptions.” Both GM and SDG&E have signed the Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which pools resources from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and its partners to accelerate and enable bidirectional EV integration into the energy grid.
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