Fermata Energy and Xcel Energy announce vehicle-to-everything bidirectional charging pilot

Fermata Energy, Xcel Energy, City of Boulder, Colorado CarShare and Boulder Housing Partners announced a collaborative Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging pilot project at Boulder Housing Partners’ 30 Pearl development and the Molly’s Spirits Lakeside facility. This V2X pilot program transforms parked EVs into mobile power units, advancing grid resilience and... Read more →

Nuvve partners with Great Power on EV integration

Nuvve, a developer of a proprietary energy management and aggregation platform, and Guangzhou Great Power Energy and Technology Corporation (Great Power) (NCY: 300438.SZ), a China-based lithium-ion battery developer and manufacturer, entered a strategic partnership to accelerate stationary storage battery deployments and their integration with the grid. Great Power recognizes the... Read more →

Available for the first time as part of its expanding product ecosystem, GM Energy’s initial offerings for residential customers will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM EV to a properly equipped home, helping to mitigate the negative impacts of weather-related... Read more →

Autotalks and Secure-IC collaborate to create most secure V2X communication chipset

Israel-based Autotalks, a developer of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, and /Secure-IC, a global provider of end-to-end cybersecurity solutions for embedded systems, announced a collaboration to enhance the security of Autotalks’ advanced V2X communication solutions. V2X technology must be fortified to withstand potential cyberattacks, data breaches, and unauthorized access. This realization... Read more →

BMW Neue Klasse models launching in 2025 to feature bidirectional charging

BMW Neue Klasse models scheduled for launch in 2025 will be equipped with technology for bidirectional charging. Functions such as “Vehicle to Home”, “Vehicle to Grid” and “Vehicle to Load” will be available to BMW customers for the first time. This move also underlines the ongoing expansion of the BMW... Read more →

California Energy Commission awards $2.2M to Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy for V2X demo

Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management startup, announced that Phase 1 of their Bidirectional Residential V2X Demonstration Project had been awarded $2.2 million in funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant. The project will install and operate Wallbox’s bidirectional charger, Quasar 2 (earlier post), in... Read more →

Nissan Motor will launch Nissan Energy Share in Japan on 1 March to unlock further value from electric vehicles. The new service features Nissan-unique energy management technology that controls the charging and discharging of EV batteries. Nissan has been researching the most efficient ways of managing energy through studies and... Read more →

Researchers in Germany have presented a systematic approach to quantify EV battery degradation across various charging strategies. They conducted battery aging experiments under designed conditions reflecting the characteristics of real-world driving and V2X applications, including Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications. They also carried out a comprehensive parameter study to... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, has granted a $2.9-million award to a project team led by The Mobility House to implement 12 bidirectional chargers at four California school locations. The project, termed “Replicable V2X Deployment For Schools (RVXDS),” will utilize school bus fleets to mitigate... Read more →

BC Hydro announces vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

BC Hydro announced Canada’s first vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The bidirectional charging trial project for medium-sized vehicles such as buses, and heavy-duty vehicles like transport trucks, is the first of its kind in the province, and the country. BC Hydro is working with testing and research... Read more →

Select models in Volkswagen’s ID. family now offer bidirectional charging with the “Vehicle to Home” function. With a home power station and the integrated Home Energy Management System (HEMS) from Volkswagen partner HagerEnergy GmbH, customers can cover as much of their household consumption as possible with their photovoltaic system. Both... Read more →

Ford and Resideo exploring vehicle-to-home (V2H) energy management

Ford and Resideo Technologies announced a joint simulation project called the “EV-Home Power Partnership” designed to explore the potential of electric vehicle batteries to support optimal home energy management. The project will explore, test and quantify the customer benefits of pairing bi-directional EV charging with a Resideo smart thermostat. Ford,... Read more →

Magna is enhancing its automated driving capabilities by joining NorthStar—Telia Sweden and Ericsson’s 5G innovation program for industrial enterprises. As part of the agreement, Telia and Ericsson have built a dedicated, private 5G network at Magna’s test track located in Vårgårda, Sweden, where new cutting-edge Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)... Read more →

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), a Southern California-based public utility that serves 3.7 million people, will collaborate on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) using a Toyota bZ4X. The V2G research will explore bidirectional power flow technology that enables BEV... Read more →

Polestar is joining stakeholders in the electricity grid sector with a large-scale vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Gothenburg, Sweden, funded by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova and piloting a large fleet of Polestar 3 cars. Together with Swedish National Grid authority Svenska kraftnät, local grid owner Göteborg Energi Nät, regional energy... Read more →

Volvo Cars launches new Energy Solutions business, immediate focus on V2G

Volvo Cars has launched Volvo Cars Energy Solutions—a completely new business unit that will offer energy storage and charging-related technologies and services, including bi-directional charging. For example, bi-directional charging is a technology that allows an electric car to give back extra battery power to a compatible grid, helping to balance... Read more →

Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy selected by California Energy Commission for proposed awards to deploy V2X chargers across California

Wallbox announced a partnership with Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management software platform, that has culminated in both companies being selected to receive significant funding from the highly competitive California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant. The companies plan to offer Wallbox’s second-generation DC bidirectional charger, Quasar 2, with the... Read more →

USDOT opens $40M grant opportunity for V2X technologies

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now accepting applications under the $40 million Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment grant opportunity (693JJ324NF00003) to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The initiative is focused on road safety, mobility, and efficiency through technology that enables vehicles and... Read more →

Nineteen leading innovators in the automotive, bicycle and technology sectors have launched the Coalition for Cyclist Safety to work towards advancing and deploying connected transportation solutions to help reduce the risks facing cyclists and e-bike riders on North American roads. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, bicycles constitute... Read more →

CEA-Leti, a technology research institute at France’s CEA, announced a new R&D initiative to contribute to a higher level of vehicle automation and cooperation by expanding the latest developments in vehicular wireless communications that improve reaction time, pedestrian detection and overall vehicle performance. Combining learnings from its participation in three... Read more →

Phoenix Motorcars enables V2G capability for all bus & truck customers in partnership with Fermata Energy

Phoenix Motor, a provider of electric medium-duty vehicles, and Fermata Energy LLC, a software provider of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging platforms, announced the successful integration of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) capabilities for all medium-duty electric vehicles manufactured by Phoenix Motorcars. All Phoenix electric school buses, shuttle buses and trucks, from the first-generation... Read more →

BMW, Ford and Honda to create new company focused on optimizing EV grid services: ChargeScape

BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have entered into an agreement to create ChargeScape, LLC, a new equally-owned company that will create a single, cost-effective platform connecting electric utilities, automakers and interested electric vehicle customers. Benefiting both EV customers and the electric utility industry in... Read more →

Wallbox is working with Kia America to bring bidirectional charging to Kia’s EV9 customers. The companies plan to offer Wallbox’s second-generation DC bidirectional charger, Quasar 2 (earlier post), to Kia EV9 (earlier post)customers starting in the first half of 2024. Wallbox expects Quasar 2 to be the first EV charger... Read more →

GM to expand vehicle-to-home bidirectional charging across portfolio of upcoming Ultium-based EVs

General Motors will expand vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology across its retail portfolio of Ultium-based electric vehicles by model year 2026. The first vehicles to receive the technology include the previously announced 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, followed by the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1; 2024 Chevrolet Blazer... Read more →

NY state to award $12M to advance EV adoption and integration with the grid

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $12-million initiative to support the development and demonstration of innovative, replicable solutions that advance electric vehicle adoption and the integration of electric vehicles with the electric grid. (PON 5354) The initiative also seeks to support novel demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty electric and... Read more →

TTTech Auto, a leader in automotive safety software, and ZettaScale Technology, a developer of communication technologies and protocols, have launched Zetta Auto. Zetta Auto is a data-centric communication solution focusing on safe, performant, and predictable Serviced-Oriented Architecture (SOA) communication. Extending the scope of the collaboration, Zetta Auto is also paving... Read more →

GM Energy offering three options for Ultium Home customers; leveraging V2H bidirectional charging

GM Energy announced product details and specifications for its initial suite of upcoming Ultium Home offerings. The Ultium Home product offerings will be the first solutions to be made available to residential customers through GM Energy, and are designed to provide greater energy independence, resiliency and value, enabling the use... Read more →

Mobilize launching first commercial V2G service starting in 2024 with Renault 5; France, Germany and UK initially

To accompany the Renault 5 launch, Mobilize, a Renault Group brand, is launching the Mobilize V2G service in partnership with The Mobility House, giving Renault 5 owners the ability to save on their home charging, reduce their overall electricity bill by feeding power from the vehicle back into their home... Read more →

PG&E and BMW of North America start V2X testing in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and BMW of North America (BMW) are collaborating to test how vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology can serve as a solution to offset growing demand on the power grid, improve reliability for electric customers, and maximize the usage of renewable energy. In addition, V2X technology could... Read more →

InCharge Energy has launched its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) DC fast charger portfolio. The ICE-22 V2X, ICE-44 V2X and ICE-66 V2X chargers provide fleet operators with chargers that optimize operations, increase cost efficiencies while supporting grid stability and enable them to qualify for electric vehicle (EV) grant funds that include a vehicle-to-grid... Read more →

Two Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EVs) at the Plymouth State University (PSU) provided 1 MWh of energy to the PSU’s ALLWell Center, offsetting some of the building’s electricity needs, over a six-month period. The university is taking part in an utility rate program developed by its local utility New Hampshire... Read more →

CoBank report finds that troubled US grid may need to use EVs for grid balancing

Since its inception, the US electric grid has mostly operated smoothly as one synchronous machine with a one-directional flow of electricity to meet the nation’s predictable power needs. However, as older centralized thermal resources are being replaced with more variable renewables and long-distance delivery systems are showing their age, that... Read more →

Toyota and Oncor to collaborate on V2G pilot

Toyota Motor North America and Oncor Electric Delivery, a Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company, will collaborate on a pilot project around vehicle-to-grid (V2G), a technology that allows vehicles to flow energy from their battery back onto the electric grid. The effort will be led by Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Charging... Read more →

SMUD and Japan’s TEPCO partner on vehicle-grid integration technologies

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO), Japan’s largest electric utility, will collaborate on vehicle-grid integration technologies with the purpose of accelerating transportation electrification and decarbonization. As a pioneering utility for EV charging technologies in Japan, TEPCO has long been dedicated to establishing... Read more →

Monarch Tractor, maker of a fully electric autonomous tractor, and its Farm Electrification Consortium partners have received a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to accelerate electrification of agricultural equipment and demonstrate the ability of batteries in on-farm equipment to keep critical electrical loads running during power outages... Read more →

PG&E to offer US’ first vehicle-to-grid export rate for commercial electric vehicles

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has received approval to establish the nation’s first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) export compensation mechanism for commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging customers in its California service area. The V2G export rate promotes EV adoption by providing upfront incentives to help commercial customers offset fleet costs and... Read more →

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the OrangeBox automotive-grade development platform, which integrates a wide variety of NXP wireless technologies, from broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, to secure car access with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and 802.11p-based V2X. The OrangeBox is a single, security enhanced, modular development platform... Read more →

Fermata Energy announced the upcoming release of its second V2X bidirectional charger, the FE-20. With multiple commercial projects already successfully deployed with its FE-15 bidirectional charger, Fermata Energy is adding a second commercial charger option with the FE-20 to meet the increasing demand for V2X installations. V2X includes vehicle-to-grid (V2G)... Read more →

Volkswagen’s Elli and Elia Group partner to integrate EVs into the grid

Elli, the Volkswagen subsidiary that manages all activities related to charging and energy for the Group in Europe, the Elia Group and its start-up re.alto signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Berlin. The MoU underscores the signatories’ shared vision of integrating electric cars into the electricity system. Over the... Read more →

Nissan, working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid services provider, has approved the first bi-directional charger for use with the Nissan LEAF in the US. With Nissan’s approval, along with its UL 9741 certification for bi-directional charging systems, the Fermata Energy FE-15 charger has passed key requirements from Nissan, and has... Read more →

Duke Energy partnering with Ford in V2G pilot

Duke Energy and Ford Motor Company are partnering on a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot. Duke Energy has filed for North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) approval of a new demand response pilot program expected to launch in 2023 for customers in the Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) service area. Pilot incentives will reduce... Read more →

Revel, NineDot Energy and Fermata Energy announced that the first Vehicle to Grid (V2G) program connected to NYC’s grid is now live at Revel’s Red Hook, Brooklyn warehouse. Revel, a Brooklyn-based electric mobility and infrastructure company, partnered with V2G and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) provider Fermata Energy and clean energy developer NineDot... Read more →

SAFE and the EC report recommends policies to advance adoption of vehicle-to-grid technology

SAFE and the Electrification Coalition (EC) released a report highlighting policy opportunities to accelerate the adoption of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. As electric vehicle (EV) adoption accelerates across all vehicle classes, V2G capability can help manage system load and provide power back to the grid during times of need, thereby strengthening... Read more →

Qualcomm unveils next-gen powerline communication device to support vehicle-to-EVSE smart-grid communications

In continued efforts to support the growing electric vehicle (EV) segment, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a next-generation powerline communication (PLC) device, the QCA7006AQ, designed to address the needs for electric vehicle (EV) charging station communications—also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)—that use global Combined Charging System (CCS). The PLC... Read more →

Rhombus Energy Solutions use Wolfspeed’s SiC devices for faster EV charging infrastructure

Silicon Carbide technology leader Wolfspeed, Inc. will supply 1200V Silicon Carbide MOSFETs to Rhombus Energy Solutions for its EV2flex line of charging infrastructure products, enabling greater efficiency, higher power density and faster charging times. Rhombus’ EV2flex infrastructure includes a family of products that enables fast, bi-directional charging and efficient energy... Read more →

CPUC approves $11.7M for three new PG&E vehicle-to-grid pilots

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved $11.7 million in funding for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to develop three new pilot programs to test how bidirectional electric vehicles (EVs) and chargers can provide power to the electric grid and other benefits to customers. PG&E will test bidirectional... Read more →

DOE and partners announce V2X collaboration

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and partners announced the Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will bring together resources from DOE, DOE national labs, state and local governments, utilities, and private entities to evaluate technical and economic feasibility as we integrate bidirectional charging into energy infrastructure.... Read more →

A realistic pilot test conducted by Porsche, the grid operator TransnetBW and consulting firm Intelligent Energy System Services (IE2S), has demonstrated that electrical balancing power can be stored in the high-voltage batteries of an intelligent swarm of electric cars. Five series-production Taycan were connected to the power grid via the... Read more →

Volkswagen rolling out ID. Software 3.0; cloud-based with swarm intelligence

Volkswagen is rolling out ID. Software 3.0 with new functions for tis all-electric ID. models, enhancing user experience and optimizing charging capacity. By using swarm data and the most recent generation of driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step towards automated driving. Buyers of new cars will... Read more →

Audi of America is working with Spoke, a mobility platform for safety, connectivity, and rich rider experiences; Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; and Commsignia to bring the benefits of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology to vulnerable road users (VRUs) and enhance safety on roadways. Using C-V2X technology, the companies are working together by... Read more →