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Keeping lights on and costs controlled with Vehicle-to-Grid power

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Written by: Alexa Stone

The storms, fires, droughts, and floods of climate change are turning off lights and jamming the wheels of progress. In 2022, we see this happen in more places, more often. Power failures have increased by 60 percent over the past seven years.

Today’s greater uncertainty advances a business case for backup power. Where once that had been essential only to 24/7 facilities like hospitals, secondary power is a design component common to many of today’s new construction and renovation projects.

Cost considerations remain essential to each business case. Fortunately, advanced Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology can reduce costs more efficiently than heavy, fossil fuel-intensive backup generators. Volkswagen, Nissan, and Hyundai are among the manufacturers offering vehicles that enable bidirectional charging. Some of today’s fleets already experience the V2G advantage.[1]


Forward-thinking residents of Utrecht, Netherlands piloted bidirectional charging six years ago. One car-sharing fleet in that program had 75 bidirectional Electronic Vehicles (EVs). Power from that fleet went to the grid during peak demand times. Batteries were charged off-peak.

Participation grew to include charging station manufacturers, city leaders, and the company managing the local low-voltage grid. By 2019, the king of the Netherlands had a grid-connected vehicle. Today, the city of Utrecht has 800 bidirectional chargers. Within eight years, all new cars in the Netherlands must be zero-emission.

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Could your fleet operations benefit from vehicle-to-grid technology?

ecoPreserve and over 75 utility providers[2] can help find the answer! Some utility companies work with third parties to offer EVs and bidirectional chargers through fleet-as-a-service contracts. Planning for that installation requires collaboration between the utility and fleet operator. Again, ecoPreserve is here to help!


[2] — Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Federal Emergency Management Program list of Utility Partnership Program utility partners.