DOE launches design & construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility at PNNL

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has begun work on the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a $75-million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington that will boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage. The GSL will speed up the process considerably by doing the work needed to develop and deploy new grid storage technologies.

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Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has agreed to a deal to help further decarbonize the UK’s power sector and deliver a new approach to managing the stability of the grid. Batteries Emissions Market Background Power Generation Smart Grid Wind

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PNNL study finds 2028 grid resource adequacy likely sufficient for high EV penetration; managed charging strategies can double adequacy

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A new study of the impact of high EV adoption on the Western US power grid by a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found that 2028 grid resource adequacy—from generation through transmission—is likely to be sufficient for high EV penetration.

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Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy. V2G technologies allow us to unlock the potential of EVs for cleaner transit and a cleaner grid. New grid-tied V2G equipment installed at Pecan Street’s lab in Austin, TX. Austin, Texas-based energy research organization Pecan Street Inc.

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Nuvve and Lion Electric to collaborate on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) in electric school buses

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Nuvve Corporation, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, and Lion Electric, an original equipment manufacturer of all-electric heavy-duty vehicles based in Québec, are collaborating to launch vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a standard feature of Lion’s zero-emission school buses.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation.

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Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix?

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MIT team reexamines rates of Li-ion cost decline

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The cost of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used for phones, laptops, and cars has fallen significantly over the last three decades, and has been a major driver of the rapid growth of those technologies.

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HOMER Grid software now models EV charging stations

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HOMER Energy by UL, a global developer of energy modeling software, announced that HOMER Grid , software for designing grid-tied distributed energy projects, can now model how hybrid systems power electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. HOMER Grid can model how renewables and distributed generation address the growing demand for EV charging in a clean and cost-effective way.

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UPS-led SEUL consortium switches on smart-grid fleet charging solution in London; maxing out on EVs without expensive grid upgrades

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A UPS-led consortium has deployed new smart-grid charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid. Recharging a fleet of electric vehicles can be extremely expensive as it often requires upgrades to the external power grid, an option not attractive to most businesses or operators.

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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The results, published in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , reveal potential issues for grid operations with greater EV adoption and the importance of careful TOU rate design. In a standard TOU plan, each day is broken into on-peak and off-peak time zones with energy costing less during the off-peak hours. Behavior Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Smart charging Smart Grid

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California ISO publishes roadmap for integrating EVs into grid

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Summary of the path to enable EVs to provide grid services. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has released a blueprint for integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid: “ California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ”. Creative approaches identified in this roadmap are expected to lead to EV charging behavior that is beneficial or at least not adverse to grid reliability.

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Fiat Chrysler and Italian grid operator Terna partner on V2G trials

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The CEO and General Manager of Terna, Luigi Ferraris, and the Chief Operating Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in EMEA, Pietro Gorlier, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint trialing of sustainable mobility services and technologies such as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). Terna is one of the main European electricity transmission grid operators and manages the Italian high voltage transmission grid, with more than 74,000 km of lines.

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Australian Smart Grid demand management project shows EV drivers could halve charging costs

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In Australia, as part of the Victorian Government’s Electric Vehicle Trial ( earlier post ), DiUS Computing delivered a demand management demonstration project using Victoria’s Smart Grid. The results of the project, released this week in a project report available via the DiUS website , showed that drivers could save around $250 each year—about 50% of their charging costs—just by using grid-friendly smart charging technology.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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A plot of ESOI for 7 potential grid-scale energy storage technologies. Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables. The current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required. Cost is a greater concern.

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Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid. Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. Simulation Smart charging Smart Grid

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New EU/US lab for interoperability of e-vehicles and smart grids

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Following the Transatlantic Economic Council’s decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated the European Interoperability Centre, a laboratory operated by the JRC. Smart grids and electric vehicles are rapidly evolving, but we have not yet harnessed their full potential. Electric (Battery) Europe Regulations Smart Grid Standards

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. The technology could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable. You could theoretically put this on any node on the grid.

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MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. Apart from the fact that this finding puts us on a desirable cost trajectory, this approach may well be more broadly applicable to other battery chemistries.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Through the JuiceNet platform, these facilities can be remotely controlled and aggregated for grid balancing purposes relying on unidirectional and bidirectional (vehicle-to-grid, V2G) electricity flows. Electric vehicles have the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies the modern electricity grid has faced in the last one hundred years. eMotorWerks has deployed more than 25,000 smart-grid enabled charging stations to date. Enel S.p.A.,

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IHS Markit: average cost of lithium-ion battery cell to fall below $100/kWh in 2023

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The average cost of a Li-ion battery cell—used to power electric vehicles and to provide flexibility in the power grid as more renewables, such as solar and wind, are added will fall below $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the next three years, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. The average cost of a li-ion cell is expected to decline further through the end of the decade, to as low as $73/kWh in 2030. Cost is the name of the game.

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EPRI Analysis estimates costs of fully developing US smart grid could reach $476B; benefits up to $2T

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Total Smart Grid costs. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released a broad assessment of the costs and benefits to modernize the US electricity system and deploy the smart grid. Factoring a wide range of new technologies, applications and consumer benefits the investment needed to implement a fully functional smart grid ranges from $338 billion to $476 billion and can result in benefits between $1.3 Estimated benefits of the Smart Grid.

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Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) completed in Japan; aiming for low-cost green hydrogen production; P2G

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Renewable energy output is subject to large fluctuations, so FH2R will adjust to supply and demand in the power grid in order to maximize utilization of this energy while establishing low-cost, Green hydrogen production technology.

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. How to keep it low cost and easy maintenance, while providing an interface that is easy to use and understand. All parts were either sourced from the JLR service department or were low cost components purchased from any electrical retailer.

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DOE awards more than $7M for efforts to protect electric grid from cyber attacks on EVs and chargers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $7 million in funding for Michigan-based cybersecurity company The Dream Team LLC (DTLLC) to develop a first-of-its-kind infrastructure that protects the electric grid from cyber-attacks on electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle charging systems. Once developed, testing of the electric roadways and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology will be conducted at the world-renowned American Center for Mobility (ACM).

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California agencies release report charting path to 100% clean electricity; need to triple grid capacity by 2045

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Highlights from the report include the following: To reach the 2045 target while electrifying other sectors to meet the state’s economy-wide climate goals, California will need to roughly triple its current electricity grid capacity. Modeling of the core scenario for achieving 100% clean electricity showed a 6% increase in total annual electricity system costs by 2045, compared to the estimated cost of achieving 60% renewable electricity by 2030.

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Ricardo, National Grid study explores market potential for grid-balancing services for plug-in vehicles

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A new study by Ricardo and National Grid examining the market potential for grid balancing services provided by a future fleet of plug-in vehicles (PIVs) found that demand-side management services provide only a modest financial benefit but at zero cost, while more robust vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services offer potentially attractive returns, but with likelihood of high investment and limited market. To achieve this, grid operators look to balancing services.

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Ather Charging Grid : Demo and Discussion

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And the Ather grid plays an important part in justifying the Energy moniker. ​The PluginIndia team charged the Ather 450x and other EVs via the Ather Grid charger provided by the Bengaluru based electric scooter brand. Honestly, the Grid would be a lot more useful for EV fleets.

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. Vehicle to grid is more valuable when there is a bi-directional power flow; can inverter technology be successfully adapted for vehicle to grid applications?

Lux Research: grid storage battery cost to fall to $500/kWh by 2022, short of expectations

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Lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs will approach $500/kWh by 2022, reducing the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, expectations of half that level will remain unrealistic for at least a decade, according to the Lux Research report “Grid Storage Battery Cost Breakdown: Exploring Paths to Accelerate Adoption.”. Among their findings: Cost of Li-ion batteries will dip 45% by 2022.

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DOE releases report from 6 projects evaluating EV charging impacts on grid and customer charging behaviors

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The work was done under the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability’s (OE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG program). Although project results showed negligible grid impacts from small-scale electric vehicle charging today, they also gave utilities important insights into the demand growth and peak-period charging habits they can anticipate if electric vehicle adoption rises as expected over the next decade. Grid impacts.

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EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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Ricardo supporting Active Response trial to unlock grid capacity for electric vehicles

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Ricardo is supporting a trial run by UK Power Networks into using smart grid technology to unlock spare capacity for increased electric vehicle use—maximizing the power available from existing infrastructure while avoiding costly network reinforcement or substation replacement. Upgrading an electricity substation, or adding entirely new substations and cabling when customers need more power, takes time, costs money, and can cause disruption due to roadworks.

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DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap; 44% reduction in manufactured cost for 300-mile EV pack by 2030

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DOE also released two companion ESGC reports: the 2020 Grid Energy Storage Technology Cost and Performance Assessment and the Energy Storage Market Report 2020.

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Canadian startup launches INDIEGOGO funding campaign for low-cost electric self-charging solar tricycle produced in Pakistan

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The team projects that the high-efficiency vehicle will have a a minimum unit cost of only $1,400 to produce—the price of an average mountain bike—once the funding goal is reached. Charging time from the grid is 4.4

OnStar opens up APIs for Smart Grid applications for EVs

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OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM, is inviting utilities, energy companies and tech firms to develop Smart Grid solutions using a set of proprietary OnStar application programming (APIs). OnStar is opening up its APIs to give developers the ability to broaden the potential for integrating EVs such as the Volt with Smart Grid technology. The Smart Grid set of APIs is among the first to be offered outside of the company.

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BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. In the managed charge pilot program, select BMW i3 owners will allow PG&E to request a delay in the charging of their vehicles by up to an hour, when grid loads are at their peak.

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US DOE releases Grid Energy Storage report

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The report identifies the benefits of grid energy storage, the challenges that must be addressed to enable broader use, and the efforts of the Energy Department, in conjunction with industry and other government organizations, to meet those challenges. Europe and Japan have notably higher fractions of grid storage.

CEO Mary Barra & General Motors Make Sure The Greenius Is Rewarded For His Many Years Of EV Advocacy

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Learning to install solar with GRID Alternatives in 2009. But the swap would have cost us $9,800 and I knew from doing the math a repurchase would bring us close to $38,000 from GM for the car and that’s exactly what happened last week.

Daimler & enercity storing new replacement EV batteries in working 15 MWh grid storage system; “living storage”

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By marketing the storage capacity on the German market for primary balancing power (PRL), the business model makes an important contribution to stabilization of the power grid and to the economic efficiency of electromobility. In addition to the storage costs, the classic and potentially long-term storage of replacement batteries would therefore involve extremely high operating expenditure. Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart Grid

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Chrysler Group partnering with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid technology

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Chrysler Group is working with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. The battery-powered minivans are connected to a charging module that, using NextEnergy technology, can simulate any electrical grid in the world. The expectation is that tapping such a reservoir would cut costs for utility companies, while also generating revenue for EV owners. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Smart Grid V2X

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