Is V2G Innovation already available as a a product, and what does it cost?
There are yet no V2G products available. As you can find out above, we are currently in the midst of the development process for V2G and V2H products, and are working hard on their commercial implementation. The current focus of our activities is to optimise and establish the appropriate charging infrastructure. At the top of our agenda is further development of intelligent controls for charging processes, as we are currently testing in various pilot projects.
When will the product be available?
Legal regulations are still putting the brakes on the commercialisation of Vehicle-to-Grid. Questions associated with this new technology concerning the organisation of private services on the power grid still need to be clarified in full. We strive to be able to offer our customers the first commercial products in the V2G and V2H areas in future.
What kind of technical requirements are there for the use of V2G??
Vehicle-to-Grid is associated with various technical requirements. The most important of these is the capacity for bidirectional charging, i.e. that the electric car is able to charge up with energy, but also to return it to the power grid. Both electric car and charging station must support charging in both directions. A power meter concept and communication and monitoring hardware with appropriate control software are additional technical components.
How can I use my electric car as energy storage for my PV system at home?
Our smartfox energy manager
is an innovative and efficient solution that enables you to charge your electric car with your own solar power. However, if the solar power is only to be temporarily stored in your electric car's vehicle in order to be used later in your household, this is bidirectional Vehicle-to-Home use. Technical components that are currently in development at The Mobility House are required to achieve this.
Which criteria enable V2G use of an electric car? Which cars are V2G-ready?
V2G requires a vehicle that can be bidirectionally charged and that is able to supply energy back into the power grid. To date, this is only possible with the Japanese CHAdeMO standard, which is installed in most electric cars made by Nissan, Mitsubishi and Kia. We primarily use the Nissan Leaf and Nissan e-NV200 vehicle models in our pilot projects.
Can I use my own solar power to charge?
In principle, you can use your own solar power to charge with all charging stations that are equipped with a network interface (e.g. LAN or ethernet). The smartfox energy manager is a controllable solution that is ideally adapted to the private generation of solar power.
Is the DC charging station from the online shop V2G-enabled?
No, the DC wallbox in the online shop cannot be used for bidirectional charging and integration into the energy market. We will include a bidirectional DC charging station into our portfolio as the development of V2G technology continues to develop.
Will it be possible to use today's charging stations for V2G/V2H in the future?
In future, it will be possible as a minimum to connect today's charging stations that are equipped with an integrated communication unit, to unidirectional services for charging optimisation. This includes, for example, economic charging aligned with energy prices. This variant of controlled charging will also avoid costs and generate value, even if only to a limited extent.