Every car based on the MEB built in 2022 will support bidirectional charging

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  1. And so it’s settled. I will wait until 2022…

    I have been driving my egolf since 2015. It’s fantastic, but would be better if I can use it as a home battery for my solar too.

  2. Is that going to be via CCS or some proprietary technology?

    I thought CCS V2G isn’t supposed to be certified until 2024/2025…

  3. > “The test vehicles are running, and we are in the final stages of preparations,” confirms VW Board Member for Development Thomas Ulbrich in an interview with Handelsblatt. From 2022 onwards, every electric car from the Volkswagen Group developed on the basis of the MEB (“Modular Electrification Toolkit”) electric platform will not only be able to charge electricity, but also return it to the grid. In addition to VW, the sister brands Audi, Skoda and Seat-Cupra also use the MEB.

    > The first generation of MEB models, which Volkswagen has been delivering since last fall, is not yet designed to be bidirectional. These cars can only charge. Volkswagen is upgrading with comparatively few technical changes and additional software.

    > Production is scheduled to start in December, and the bidirectional electric cars will go on sale after the turn of the year. A good 300,000 of them should then be produced at the VW plant in Zwickau alone in 2022.

  4. Can someone help explain what needs to be done to get ready for this?

    I need to have work done in house and will finally upgrade garage charging for Model 3 from 120v/15Amp I’ve had for 2 years.

    I have a 4 AWG wire running to our mudroom for electric heat that we don’t use so was going to bring that out to garage (10 feet away). Would that be capable of supporting bidirectional charging in the future or is there far more to the infrastructure needed?


  5. So I suppose most of the home chargers sold today don’t support V2G, right?

  6. This is such an important part of the EV future that I wish it was standard already. But I’m glad to hear that VW is pushing for that as well, kudos!

  7. Seems like a good way to get a bunch of warranty claims on your batteries, unless they’re going to start warranting them based on kWh throughput.

  8. Good, threat of competition works it seems. Now rethink the charging curve and you have fantastic vehicles.

  9. Is there any chance this is software based or minimal hardware that can be upgraded? New MEB cars coming out this year (Q4) are high on our short list to buy, but this would be a really useful feature to have for backup power.

  10. Sounds kinda cool but I think the challenges will be:

    1. Legislation, utilities and local electrical codes making this hard (or very expensive) to leverage in practice.
    2. Practical challenges – new connectors needed, likely a (manual?) transfer switch, maybe a sub-panel?
    3. You aren’t going to want to run down your car battery if you might want to use it. Moreso in an emergency situation (power cut) – if it’s an extended one you probably want to preserve your means to travel somewhere safer if the need arises?

    Am I missing something here?

  11. A little late to this post but maybe /u/linknewtab you know, what’s the benefit of this?

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