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As bi-directional innovations grow, so does the number of EV models with bi-directional capabilities.

Maria Guerra, Senior Editor-Battery Technology

September 26, 2022

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The list of electric vehicles including bi-directional charging capabilities is short—but quickly expanding. The list grows as car makers show more ways to make the capability useful.

Bi-directional charging can help stabilize the grid by means of vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G) while also helping to provide power to a household through vehicle-to-home (V2H) technology. But bi-directional technology in an EV is also capable of powering other high-power devices such as a refrigerator or coffee maker by using vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology; a feature that is getting more common in the automotive industry.

Nowadays V2L is the most common capability found in many EVs. V2L doesn’t require a bidirectional charger. Instead, a proprietary adapter is used with a charging port, which allows the EV to operate as a portable battery pack with a standard 120/240V power supply. V2L technology can even charge other EVs or an e-bike.

As experts in the energy storage business have said in the past, V2G technology can a be a game changer. The commercial adoption is growing, and, as seen in this gallery, it is already possible to find EVs with V2G or V2L capabilities.

About the Author(s)

Maria Guerra

Senior Editor-Battery Technology, Informa

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