Volkswagen electric car owners will be able to sell electricityMarch 15, 2020
According to the chief “strategist” Michael Jost, Volkswagen’s transition to electrification continues to bring great opportunities. In addition to car sales, the company has a growing Electrify America charging network, and now it looks like the company plans to use batteries in the cars it sells to help power the grid.
In an interview with Reuters, Yost said: “By 2025, we will have at our disposal 350 GW of energy in our fleet of electric vehicles. Between 2025 and 2030, this amount will increase to one terawatt-hour storage. ” He added that this is more energy than what is generated by all the “hydropower plants in the world.”
What Jost did not share is what future electric cars from Volkswagen will support this function, or is it the company’s ID.Charger station will support two-way charging. Currently, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander are the only vehicles on the market that support the separation of energy from their batteries back into the network, and even if you have one of these cars, your home charger must support two-way charging.
What Volkswagen promises can not only help the automaker, but also the people who own its electric cars to earn extra money; this may be part of the ongoing evolution currently taking place with the power grid.
Previously, the electrical network was not able to store additional power. If a power plant generated too much electricity, it actually wasted all excess power.
Recent advances in battery technology that drive electric cars have also changed the understanding of electricity ownership, such as Tesla Powerpack’s battery storage solutions. The company placed them in Australia, the USA, California and Hawaii on the island of Kauai, and in other places. These places provide additional energy that solar and wind energy can produce, but at the moment they are not needed for storage and subsequent use either during heavy use of electricity or at night when the sun sets. In essence, they replace traditional methods in a more efficient way and allow renewable sources to generate as much energy as possible.
Volkswagen is talking about creating a distributed energy storage system. Tesla Powerpack stations are good, but if they are damaged as a result of an accident or natural disaster, such as a fire, this can disrupt the power system when it is needed most. On the other hand, electric vehicle owners may be less likely to sacrifice the energy of their vehicles during an emergency.
For Volkswagen, this could be a source of revenue, which we assume they will share with their customers because the company wants to use their electric cars as an energy source. But this is not such a stretch as to imagine other automakers supporting pumping from network to network in the future and giving us all the chance to create a cleaner and more reliable network, while earning a little money on the side.
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