Use your EV to power your house
We have written about this before. Your electric vehicle (EV) – be it LEAF, Mitsubishi i, or whatever else happens to pop up down the road, can potentially be used to provide power for you and your family in an electrical blackout similar to what the entire county of San Diego endured recently.
The University of Delaware, working with NRG, a northeastern United States power provider, has announced a partnership to further the use of electric vehicles to stabilize electric grid power. With a (potentially) vast pool of electric vehicles available, electricity distribution management can become more convenient, and more efficient than ever before. Let’s take a look at an example.
Let’s say that a company is operating a fleet of electric vehicles. At any given time, some of these fleet vehicles may not be needed in service. Rather than just sitting idly in the parking facility, these vehicles can be connected to the smart grid, providing their charging status and availability to the grid to provide power. The EV fleet operator determines the requirements of the vehicle. If certain vehicles need a certain charge to complete upcoming commitments, their power is not accessed. Those vehicles not needed in the immediate future can provide power back to the grid up to the point defined by the fleet owner. Ultimately, consumers will also be able to benefit by selling back power to the grid during peak usage while charging during off-peak time frames. Ultimately, this translates into the ability to make money from your car, as you charge at low off-peak rates, and sell power back to the utility at higher on-peak rates. Naturally, not everyone will be able to do this on a regular basis, but certainly some EV owners will. As opposed to all of those naysayers that project the EV as the scourge of the power grid, this EV to grid technology can be seen as a boon to the entire utility industry as EVs reach a greater adoption rate.
Look for more information coming your way soon on this topic, as much has been written lately that we wish to pass along.