New V2X program will study how bidirectional EV charging can lower utility costs

EV drivers are quickly learning their cars are good for more than just zero-emission driving. Electric vehicles utilize powerful, compact batteries that can charge and discharge quickly and efficiently.

The ability to send energy back and forth from the vehicle to the grid (V2G) and vice versa is a significant benefit of owning an EV. If deployed properly, it can save utility customers money while protecting the US’s aging grid infrastructure.

Companies like PG&E and Duke Energy are launching programs aimed at studying the best ways to utilize this technology.

Duke Energy partnered with Ford F-150 Lightning owners in August to use the EV pickup’s powerful battery to supply energy during peak hours, lowering grid intensity and savings across the network.

PG&E is initiating a program of its own to test bidirectional EV charging for homes, for businesses, and with local microgrids.