Department of Energy Announces First-of-Its Collaboration to Accelerate Vehicle-to-Everything Technologies

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COMMERCE, CA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its partners today announced the Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Memorandum of Understanding that will bring together cutting-edge resources from DOE, DOE National Laboratories, governments state and local governments, utilities, and private entities to assess the technical and economic feasibility of integrating two-way charging into energy infrastructure. The MOU will also advance cybersecurity as a central component of the V2X charging infrastructure.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) conservatively estimates that 130 million electric vehicles (EVs) will be on the road worldwide by 2030. As the number of EVs increases and especially as large trucks and buses electrify with larger batteries, there will be opportunities to use these batteries to also support the grid.

Two-way plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have immense potential to increase the country’s energy security, resilience, economic vitality and quality of life while supporting the electricity grid. A fleet of two-way electric vehicles could serve as both a sustainable mobility option and an energy storage asset that sends power back to everything from critical loads and homes to the grid. A two-way fleet could also create new revenue opportunities for EV owners or fleets.

“The MOU signed today represents a collaborative approach to researching and developing new technologies that will help unify the clean energy and transportation sectors while attracting more American consumers to electric vehicles,” said Deputy Energy Secretary Dave Turk. “Integrating charging technology that powers vehicles and simultaneously feeds power back into the power grid is a win-win solution for the future of clean transportation and our overall energy resilience.”

The Department of Energy also announced today that it is addressing the technical challenges and barriers to integrating tens of millions of electric vehicles into the power grid, commonly known as Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) through of the [email protected] lab consortium, which brings together six DOE national laboratories to carry out RD&D activities in the areas of intelligent load management, high-power load and installations, dynamic wireless charging, codes and standards and physical cybersecurity. In addition to addressing near-term VGI challenges for the benefit of all EV stakeholders, the Lab Consortium will conduct high-risk, high-reward research into EV charging and grid integration technologies that states States will need in the future.

This collaboration can accelerate and enable the two-way integration of PEVs into the power grid by identifying and removing barriers, accelerating commercialization and customer adoption, considering safety by design, and improving coordination. between the electricity and automotive sectors by establishing demonstrations of cyber-secure two-way charging stations, collecting and analyzing the demonstration data and preparing techno-economic analyzes to assess the business case for V2X.

As signatories, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 and the National Electric Contractors Association Los Angeles demonstrate a strong commitment to ensuring that a skilled and skilled workforce is needed to install a two-way PEV charging infrastructure.

Participants in the V2X MOU include the Offices of Vehicle Technologies, Electrical, Technology Transitions and Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response of the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, City of Lancaster and City of Lancaster Community Choice Aggregator, The City of Los Angeles, Fermata Energy, First Student, Ford Motor Company, General Motors LLC, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers– Chapter 11 , Lion Electric Inc., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Lucid Group, Inc. (Lucid Motors), National Electrical Contractors Association – Los Angeles, Nissan, Nuvve Holding Corp., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Rhombus, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Zeem Solutions.

Following the announcement, the signatories of the V2X MOU celebrated the agreement. “This groundbreaking deal couldn’t come at a better time as the electric vehicle market takes off and the grid moves toward 100% clean electricity in California and beyond,” said California Energy Commission (CEC) Commissioner Patty Monahan. “Unlocking vehicle-to-everything integration is key to fully realizing our clean energy future and this new collaboration is an important step in the right direction bringing together all players involved to drive the market forward.”

“V2X technologies are critical to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and to scaling renewables on the grid,” said David Slutzky, Founder and CEO of Fermata Energy. “We are excited to strengthen our existing partnerships with many MOU members, working with regulators to expand V2X’s reach and demonstrate its value to consumers, utilities, OEMs and communities.”

“Nuvve is proud to be part of this collaboration with the Department of Energy and other partners to demonstrate the importance of intelligently electrifying vehicles as we transition to a decarbonized world,” said Gregory Poilasne, President- general manager of New. “Since our inception, we have focused on vehicle network integration technology with a strong focus on two-way vehicle charging, and we look forward to showing how Nuvve’s smart energy management platform bridges the gap between the energy and transport sectors.”

Kevin L. Matthews, Electrification Manager for First student said, “As the largest school bus operator and leader in the electrification of yellow buses, we are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate the development of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies. . We are committed to working with utilities and other stakeholders to create a V2X solution that supports the utility network and our operations. We believe school buses are perfectly suited to do just that.

Pacific Gas and Electricity noted, “PG&E is thrilled to partner with this distinguished group to advance vehicle-to-everything technologies and accelerate expanded access that will revolutionize the way we power our daily lives. We are proud of our role as a clean energy leader and remain focused on achieving California’s clean energy goals and the needs of our customers today and in the future.

Rick Sander, CEO of Rhombus Energy Solutions said, “Bringing critical infrastructure teams and DOE together is key to accelerating the deployment of V2X/two-way charging. The DOE can play an important role in driving compliance with a standard that enables rapid adoption and brings us all closer to our zero emissions goals.

“The development of clean energy innovations such as V2X technology is essential to building a more equitable, sustainable and climate-resilient future for our communities,” said San Diego Gas and Electric Vice President of Energy Innovation Miguel Romero. “We are testing V2G school buses in the San Diego area and look forward to expanding our efforts to include consumer vehicles and fleets in the future.”

Southern California Edison is proud to partner with the Department of Energy and others in this groundbreaking effort to unlock the enormous potential of electric vehicle batteries to help power our homes and businesses and serve as an important supplemental resource for the network,” said Pedro Pizarro, President and CEO. CEO of Edison International, parent company of SCE. “As the growth of electric vehicles in the United States continues to accelerate, we look forward to exploring together two-way electric vehicle charging solutions that bring the most value to our customers and that are safe, easy to use. , reliable and secure.”

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proud to be part of this far-reaching collaboration,” said Paul Lau, CEO and Managing Director of SMUD. “By bringing together government, utilities, research, automakers and other private sector thought leaders, we’re poised to accelerate vehicle-to-everything solutions that can fundamentally reinvent the way we provide clean energy to customers across the United States that is safe, reliable, affordable, and equitable.SMUD is on track to eliminate all carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030, and collaborations like these ensure that we continue to provide clean energy solutions that improve our customers’ quality of life – today and for generations to come.

“The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Los Angeles, is very excited to be a part of this groundbreaking MOU and collaboration to accelerate the vehicle’s advancement to everything. NECA is committed to this effort and will provide a nationwide network of qualified contractors who partner with IBEW to ensure the most skilled and trained workforce available.

Bob Holycross, Vice President, Director of Sustainability, Environment and Safety, Ford Motor Company said: “As Ford leads the electric vehicle revolution, we’re excited to help our customers unlock the power potential of their electric vehicles, whether it’s using their F-150 Lightning to power their homes in the event of a breakdown or their E-Transit to operate their tools on the site. We are proud to bring our expertise to this partnership and look forward to continuing the conversation with the Department of Energy, California Energy Commission and others to accelerate the deployment of V2X technology.

Read the full MoU here.

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