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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid power supply project

Honda has become the newest participant in a demonstration project showing how electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles could be used as backup energy sources for the electrical grid.

The carmaker has supplied a specially converted Accord Plug-in Hybrid to the eV2g project, run by the University of Delaware and utility company NRG Energy Inc, who have been collaborating on a vehicle-to-grid system since late 2011.

Launched earlier this year, eV2g monitors the status of the electrical grid to find out if it needs additional power sources. It can then automatically draw upon electricity stored in a car’s battery as a backup source, reducing or eliminating power fluctuations caused by renewable energy sources. For the first time, eV2g allows this to generate revenue.


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