Porsche recently used five Taycans to serve as a buffer for the electrical grid, demonstrating the EVs vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability.
In collaboration with TransnetBW and Intelligent Energy System Services (IE2S), the automaker was able to successfully use the five Taycans to deliver power to the grid using the Porsche Home Energy Manager (HEM).
To do so, they used a cloud-based pooling system developed by IE2S that works in real time to “translating the grid operator’s balancing power setpoints into vehicle-specific signals,” which basically means it only sent as much power as was needed by the grid.
While still in development, Porsche is optimistic the technology can be used to expand renewable energies and secure more stable electricity grids in the future.
“The charging technology of the Porsche Taycan and our Home Energy Manager and Mobile Charger products have a lot of potential for the future: the pilot test proved that. And the balancing power market isn’t the only thing a pooling system of this kind can be used for. Advanced solutions for green charging and other vehicle-to-grid applications are also conceivable. And that’s not all: if electric vehicles feed electrical energy back into the grid in the future for example with a private photovoltaic system, contributing to the expansion of regenerative energy, it will further increase the acceptance of e-mobility,” said Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.
Porsche is of course not the only automaker stepping in to the world of V2G.
Hyundai’s new IONIQ 5 has V2G, and the Lucid Air also has the capability, but the automaker has yet to release the adapter required to operate it.