Honda tests bidirectional charging in Switzerland. V2G to stabilize the network

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Electric cars , in the future, can also be used as a energy source to stabilize the grid electric when they don't have to travel. So let's talk about the bidirectional recharge which is taking its first steps in this period. The idea behind the V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) & egrave; very simple. As the presence of electric cars on the roads increases, it will increase; at the same time also the request for electricity for recharging. Precisely for this reason, solutions are being studied that allow to optimize the management of the electricity network.

So, as mentioned at the beginning, V2G on paper will allow; to the cars, when they must not be used, to feed back into the grid the energy present in the accumulators to support the electricity grid, especially in the peak moments of energy demand. Several car manufacturers are studying this technology and among these there is; Honda which has decided to start a pilot project in Switzerland.

THE PROJECT

Specifically, Honda has partnered with the Swiss consortium V2X to demonstrate the fundamental role of electric vehicles and bidirectional charging in the future of this sector. Specifically, the manufacturer will provide; 50 electric cars that Mobility , the Swiss car-sharing operator, will use within a pilot project based on the bidirectional charging function of the Honda model and to transfer energy back to the grid when the cars are not in use.

The Japanese brand will provide; also 35 unit & agrave; Honda Power Manager that will transfer energy from the car to the grid (V2G) at Mobility charging points in urban and suburban areas in Switzerland. For this project, columns equipped with the CCS connector will be used. The automaker highlights that, at the moment, its Honda-e & egrave; the only electric vehicle on the European market able to offer the charge cycle and also the discharge cycle for the CCS system as standard.

According to Honda, each of its electric cars will be; able to return up to 20 kWh of energy to the grid allowing to stabilize the grid during peak demand and minimize distribution problems.

Based on a cloud-to-IT platform cloud developed by sun2wheel, a member of the consortium, the units & agrave; Honda Power Manager can manage the energy available for each EV in cycles of 15 minutes in order to evaluate and regulate the flow of electricity. Thanks to this program, Honda will be & agrave; able to verify the relationship between vehicle usage frequency and V2G operation, actual operating time and V2G frequency, as well as practical effects for the customer.

The pilot project will start; in September 2022 and will last; until the end of 2023. The initiative will allow for Honda to collect data and carry out analyzes on V2G car-sharing and refueling services that will lead to the development of future energy services.

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