Volkswagen electric automobiles primarily based on the automaker’s MEB platform may possibly get bidirectional charging starting in 2022, according to a report from German small business publication Handelsblatt.
Several automakers have discussed bidirectional charging—which permits automobiles to discharge energy from their battery packs—for a number of years, generally in the context of car-to-grid (V2G) systems that integrate EVs with the energy grid, or as backup energy sources for houses throughout energy outages. However, commercialization of the technologies has been slow.
However the pace could quickly accelerate. As revealed Monday in the interview with Thomas Ulbrich, the member of the Volkswagen Group board of management for e-mobility, Volkswagen sees bidirectional charging as a small business opportunity—one that properly aggregates the energy obtainable at any offered time from EVs and functions as a broker of power, or a utility on its personal.
VW MEB platform
VW has been testing hardware, which may well be supplied in the close to future as component of a line of household-power systems. In late 2020, it showed off a wallbox unit that could charge electric automobiles at up to 22 kilowatts, but also draw energy from EV battery packs, enabling automobiles to serve as power-storage units for houses, or as battery buffers for the grid, VW stated at the time.
In some markets, the new small business models afforded by V2X technologies may well place VW in competitors with power corporations, but the tech serves to potentially add additional worth to its automobiles more than the extended run.
Volkswagen bi-directional charging pilot system
The automaker’s Audi division has also been researching the technology—with aims to see how the tech could enable stabilize the grid. Fleets of EVs have extended been discussed as a way to smooth out electrical energy demand by absorbing excess energy throughout periods of low demand, and discharging it throughout periods of higher demand.
The Nissan Leaf has had this capability almost from the commence, but there is been a lack of hardware capable of working with it in the United States. The Wallbox Quasar revealed final year aimed to address that as an aftermarket item.