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.