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How Electric Vehicles Could Drive Changes In Power Grid Management

One application many electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers love discussing when touting their technology is the idea of using EV batteries as some sort of storage mechanism to help with stability and demand response.

To be clear, this technology is still a way off: the worldwide electricity capacity from vehicle to grid (V2G) systems is very small at less than 9 megawatts (MW) in 2013, according to Navigant Research data. But it will grow steadily over the next decade as car companies begin to redefine their value and experiment with applications.

“Large corporations and government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, are driving V2G development and laying the foundation for individually owned electric vehicles to participate in grid services in the second half of this decade,” said Scott Shepard, research analyst with Navigant.
Relentless And Disruptive Innovation Will Shortly Affect US Electric Utilities Peter Kelly-Detwiler Peter Kelly-Detwiler Contributor

That potential has captured the imagination of both Ford and General Motors.

Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle concept, for example, touts the idea that plug-in vehicles can help homeowners better manage their energy usage by creating “time flexible” loads that can be consumed by household appliances. It is testing the idea in two homes in conjunction with partners including appliance maker Whirlpool, solar company SunPower, power management company Eaton and the George Institute of Technology, among others.
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