Electric vehicles are still relatively expensive but a trial to help them power the national grid in times of need could see owners being paid. That could make them a lot more attractive.
It makes perfect sense. When 75% of cars are EV's the battery capacity is about equal to the entire electric generating capacity of the entire country. That's a lot of juice. And the batteries are only needed for load leveling and managing the 60 Hz frequency. Some trials offer free EV charging year round in exchange for a little juice on demand. The grid is willing to pay 10 times the going rate for your batterey juiice for a few minutes. In exchange you get free EV charging. ANd syncing to the grid Is trivial. Every solar home does it and you can even buy Grid-tie inverters for around $100. SO surely the car MFRS can do a great job in integrating the V2G when needed.My initial reaction is - that's one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard. The author makes it sound like having several thousand EV batteries available is equivalent to having a huge battery available. It's not. Each of those EV batteries is going to have to have the equipment necessary to invert its DC to AC (and not just crappy cheap inverter AC, you'll need grid-quality waverform AC), synchronize that AC to the grid, and then backfeed it to the grid. So you've got to have that equipment available at each garage housing an EV just to get a small trickle of energy from that EV to the grid. This is the type of stupid idea that would never happen in the free market but does happen when university guys hungry for grant money pander to agenda-driven decision makers about who gets grant money.
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