Energy crisis is the order of the day in California. The state is bearing the brunt of climate change rising heat waves,
So much so, that California Governor Gavin Newsom felt the need to sign a law this year to make a Heat Wave Classification System, By January 2025, a barometer should already be in place by the California Environmental Protection Agency to measure these events.
One of the worst heat waves was experienced last September. The California Independent System Operator, the body charged with protecting the region’s electrical grid, was forced to announce rotating power outage Able to do full population supply,
[La universidad de UCLA crea la batería del futuro y capta la atención del ejército de EEUU]
The state launched a campaign called “Flex Alert” to encourage population to save energy During peak hours of the day. Air conditioning was the main ally in mitigating the effects of high temperatures, but also the main enemy of the power supply during one of the longest heat waves in California history.
Faced with this threat, the electricity and gas company, Pacific Gas & Electricbecame one of the first in California to a reverse charging pilot program,
The aim of such initiative is return to power supply energy that is not being consumed In those moments
Pilot, touted as the “Vehicle to Everything,” allows drivers Electric car owners discharge their vehicles’ batteries to feed it back into the electricity grid during times of high demand. In return, the user will generate profit Thank you for this program.
Pacific Gas & Electric earlier this month invited its customers to the trial program. overall they will be accepted 1,000 residents and 200 merchants in houses,
the power company will give $2,500 incentive and $3,000 for each user in disadvantaged communities. In most cases, this is the approximate cost of installing a two-way charger in a home, although some cities cost even more.
[Carbon Ridge, la startup californiana que quiere descarbonizar la economía marítima]
will be received among users added to the pilot program 10 and 50 dollars each time an emergency “flex alert” occurs Caused by a heat wave or any other type of event. The total bonus will depend on the demand at that time and the discharged battery level of the vehicle.
It is clear that in the case of this type of technology will also be important power outage yesif it happened a big earthquake,
It is estimated that customers can generate several hundred dollars or even over a thousand dollars a year, Thank you for the encouragement provided by Pacific Gas & Electric. However, the actual benefit has to be calculated more precisely if the final cost of installing a bi-directional charger and recharging the vehicle is taken into account.
Tesla out of the program
The first vehicle to comply with the “Vehicle to Everything” program is the Ford F-150, which Works with Bidirectional Charging Thanks to its Ford Pro Charger Adapter, which is available for sale now.
Pacific Gas & Electric has announced that in 2023 it will also add compatibility with the Nissan Leaf Genesis GV60, Hyundai Ioniq-5 and Kia EV6, Models will be added to the list in the coming years. Porsche Taycan, Volvo EX90, VW ID.4 and GM Silverado in 2024 and Polestar 3 in 2025.
Attract attention Tesla missing from this list, especially considering that it’s the best-selling electric vehicle in California. However, it appears that the company has no plans to make a two-way charger, at least for now.
In case of emergency and to go for vehicle battery nurture power houseThe Ford F-150, for example, can contribute up to 80% of the load. electricity for two whole days,
can feed as well Important Toolsuch as refrigerators, during a whole month, Nevertheless, it will be possible to save 20% of the car’s battery.
Pacific Gas & Electric’s program will continue for the next two years and will be critical in finding solutions to California’s power supply problems. expected that the heat waves of the coming years will be even more intense,