The University of Queensland is embarking on a study to see if the spare energy in Tesla car batteries could be used to help support the grid and power homes.
Researchers at the university have partnered with software update tracker and Tesla analytics platform Teslascope to help conduct the study.
Based on their initial analysis, the researchers believe that most electric vehicles (EVs) are only driven the equivalent of one-eighth of their daily driving range of 400km (249 miles).
This provides the unique opportunity for EVs to support the grid using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers, something which is not yet enabled or available on Tesla vehicles.
“(The study) will not only help to inform EV policy internationally, but importantly assess the feasibility of using EVs as batteries-on-wheels,” Jake Whitehead, Research Fellow at UQ, told Reuters.
Tesla owners in Canada, U.S., Australia, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia can apply to be part of the study’s first phase.
Up to 500 owners will be accepted, who will share data and information about their driving and charging habits.
If you are interested in participating, you can sign up at Teslascope.com/research.
As a bonus, you also receive one year of premium membership credit at Teslascope.