Electric Cars Could Soon Power Our Lives

Electric Cars Could Soon Power Our Lives

Power stored in electric cars could be sent back to the grid  thereby supporting the grid and acting as a potential storage for clean energy  but it will only be economically viable if we upgrade the system first.

In a new paper, two scientists show how their seemingly contradictory findings actually point to the same outcome and recommendations: that pumping energy back into the grid using today’s technology can damage car batteries, but with improvements in the system it has the potential to provide valuable clean energy – and improve battery life in the process.

Electric cars store excess energy when they are idle. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology makes it possible to transfer that energy back to the grid when the car is not being used. This energy could help regulate the frequency of the electricity supply, reduce the amount of electricity purchased at peak times and increase the power output of the system. Read More…

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