Bidirectional charging is the expertise of the hour. It allows vehicle-to-grid—or ought to we are saying, vehicle-to-anything (V2X)—functions, which promise to vastly facilitate the mixing of EVs and renewable power into the grid, to supply alternatives for fleets to offset their electrification prices, and to permit different useful capabilities, akin to backup energy.
Now Volkswagen has given a lift to BDC (the brand new acronym for bidirectional charging—you learn it right here first, of us), and to its personal standing as the primary legacy automaker to go large on electrification, with the announcement that it’s going to allow bidirectional charging for all its MEB-based electrical automobiles, beginning subsequent yr.
From 2022 onwards, each EV from the Volkswagen Group primarily based on the MEB platform might be able to returning electrical energy to grid, VW Improvement Board Member Thomas Ulbrich advised the German information outlet Handelsblatt: “The take a look at automobiles are operating, we’re within the final [stages] with the preparations.”
Presently, there are few passenger vehicles outfitted with bidirectional charging functionality. Nissan stated in 2019 that the Leaf offered the feature in Japan, and shortly would in Australia, however we’ve heard little about it since (Nissan’s US website online doesn’t point out it). A number of electric school bus projects incorporate BDC, and other commercial fleet EVs are using it, at the least in pilot tasks. A number of upcoming EVs will characteristic BDC—Hyundai says its new Ioniq 5 can go both ways, and Tesla has stated it intends so as to add the aptitude to future automobiles.
The Volkswagen Group says it might produce as many as 300,000 BDC-enabled automobiles subsequent yr, together with fashions from VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat-Cupra. If this involves cross, we might see massive sufficient numbers to make substantial impacts on native electrical grids inside a yr or two.