Hyundai relies on Vehicle-to-Grid technology to power the national grid

Hyundai relies on Vehicle-to-Grid technology to power the national grid

Hyundai he believes a lot Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) capability and is implementing several pilot projects in cooperation with some technical partners. We are talking, remember, of the technology that allows cars to be converted into systems energy storage. When not in use, electric vehicles will be able to start the energy contained in the accumulators in the electric grid to strengthen, perhaps during the peak, that is when the demand for energy is high. Approximately, Yukihiro Maeda of Hyundai, commented:

V2G technology will give electric vehicles a second purpose outside of passenger transport. Their energy can be fed back into the grid for use by utility companies, while their batteries can be used to store them, helping suppliers stabilize the grid. In addition to managing the supply of energy during peak times and contributing to the decarbonisation of the electricity system, this technology can also provide financial benefits to drivers and network suppliers, while providing significant benefits to the environment.

The Korean automaker explains that in addition to stabilizing the power grid, V2G technology will also contribute renewable energy supply. In fact, electric vehicles can be charged using energy produced by home photovoltaic systems or in any case by other renewable energy sources. In this way, electric car batteries can be used to feed additional renewable energy to the national grid, reducing the dependence on environmentally negative energy sources, especially when energy demand is high and when solar or wind power is not available to be produced.

However, explains Hyundai, to be able to take advantage of this solution network reconfiguration is required which requires the cooperation of a number of institutional and non-institutional actors, such as governments, energy suppliers and OEMs. A reorganization that, however, is already underway. Also, you need it a common communication protocol between electric vehicles and the national grid. The protocol that is being built.

To drive the spread of V2G it is also important to create a special business model which makes it possible to pay people who decide to transfer the energy contained in their electric vehicle batteries to the electric grid.


At the same time, Hyundai continues to test V2G technology through two pilot projects: the first in the Netherlands and the second in Germany, in collaboration with partners from the energy and technology sectors.

In detail, the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands aims to be the world’s first city with a bidirectional ecosystem. Here, Hyundai cooperates and local mobility operator We Drive Solar, available a group of 5 IONIQ units for a new mobility service powered by V2G technology. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hyundai is partnering with Next Kraftwerke, which acts as an intermediary between energy suppliers and the national grid.

The lessons learned from these projects will allow Hyundai to better understand the type of technical requirements needed to implement V2G at scale, presenting a viable solution for balancing supply and demand in local area networks.