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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid power supply project

The carmaker has supplied a specially converted Accord Plug-in Hybrid to the eV2g project, run by the University of Delaware and utility company NRG Energy Inc, who have been collaborating on a vehicle-to-grid system since late 2011.

Launched earlier this year, eV2g monitors the status of the electrical grid to find out if it needs additional power sources. It can then automatically draw upon electricity stored in a car’s battery as a backup source, reducing or eliminating power fluctuations caused by renewable energy sources. For the first time, eV2g allows this to generate revenue.

The Honda Accord is equipped with a compatible bi-directional on-board charger, which will discharge the battery as required and proactively recharge when grid supply exceeds demand. Tests are ongoing at the university’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus to find out the full benefits of the technology.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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