California will all inclusive on electric vehicles over the next decade. In light of its recent power grid woes, the state’s EV schedule seems rushed. Heat waves put a strain on the electricity network of the golden stateraising the question of how he counts EV power when there is little power to start.
But those same power-guzzling cars could become unlikely allies than California — and the rest of the country — struggle to keep the lights on, according to Wired.
Cable the article explains a lot about vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and how California hopes to leverage two-way charging to boost their network. The idea behind V2G isn’t exactly new: just as electricity can be siphoned off the grid and stored in an EV battery, electricity can also be fed back to help stabilize it.
Similar programs are already operational across Europe and in Japan, but V2G is often seen as limited in its applicability. We’ve seen it used in idyllic little townships, as if the technology couldn’t scale. I guess it’s hard to imagine a single EV doing much to bolster a strained US power grid, but millions of EVs at a time could make a big difference.
Now that new petrol cars are being phased out California by 2035, the National Resource Defense Council says the state could have 14 million electric vehicles in service by then. And if utility companies harnessed these electric vehicle batteries, they could power every home in the state for three whole days. It is worth doing.
The hardest part of making V2G common will be standardization: there are just a lot of variables between different utilities, charging companies and electric vehicle manufacturers. One executive compared it to the California solar industry, which introduced two-way power and was rather complicated to implement at first, but is now commonplace.
The other difficult part will be convincing electric vehicle owners to return the energy stored in their car batteries. Utilities say it’s not as hard as it looks; people just need a little help. This can take the form of cheaper electricity tariffs or payment for returned electricity. Customers could even choose to power their own home first, to seamlessly overcome outages. It’s pretty much a win-win, and a lot more viable than people think, even in US states like California or Texas. I would never have considered him a “solarpunk” either. settingbut we are getting there.
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