Why running out of battery in an electric car gave me hope for the future | Opinion

You’ve heard about how electric cars have things like flat floors, so-called ‘frunks’ for additional storage, and how the removal of engines, transmissions and drivelines allow automakers to experiment with more unconventional designs. It’s all good stuff, but the really life-changing features of EVs will come from how we use the battery.

Features like vehicle-to-load – which allows you to power devices externally using an EV’s charging port in reverse, or the more advanced vehicle-to-grid (V2G) which uses the same technology to dispense enough power for your whole home, or even sell energy back to the power grid.


This technology isn’t just a pipe dream. While the promising vehicle-to-grid technology is currently experiencing some bureaucratic hurdles in Australia, there are already a few models which are ready to support the technology when it can be used, like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which are V2G capable thanks to their Japanese-standard CHAdeMO charging port.

Read more: CarsGuide

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