By sharing electricity back to the grid, electric cars will be able to function as batteries on wheels, according to a new BC Hydro pilot project.
The utility declared on Friday that the vehicle-to-grid scheme, which would enable electricity to be forced back into the power system from the batteries of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles, had been successfully tested. After that, the electricity could be put to use in a number of ways. For example, it could power vital infrastructure during natural disasters or large storms, aiding in emergency response and providing a quicker, cleaner, and more adaptable option than more conventional techniques like using diesel generators.
“With the development of technological solutions like vehicle-to-grid, stationary vehicles hold the potential to become mobile batteries, powered by clean and affordable electricity,” stated Chris O’Riley, president and CEO of BC Hydro. “The average car is parked 95 percent of the time.”
According to BC Hydro, a Lynch Bus Lines Lion Electric school bus coupled to a 60-kilowatt charger was used for the test.
According to BC Hydro, the thousands of buses that travel the province each have a battery that can contain 66 kilowatts of electricity, or enough energy to run 24 single-family homes with electricity for two hours. According to the company, 1,000 of those buses could power 24,000 households for two hours if they were converted to electric vehicles.
According to BC Hydro, the project has been supported by the province government and is a collaboration between Powertech and Coast to Coast Experience.
The organization claims that although the technology has been successfully applied in Europe and the US, this pilot is the first of its type in Canada.
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