VW Rolls Out Bidirectional Charging in Europe. What’s the Deal for the U.S.?

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Volkswagen has just introduced bidirectional charging tech in Europe on its new ID electric vehicles. The feature, part of the vehicle-to-home (V2H) function, is available on all fresh Volkswagen ID models rocking the 77-kilowatt-hour battery pack and running ID Software 3.5 or higher. That covers the upgraded ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.7, and ID.Buzz.

If you already own one of these, don’t fret. Volkswagen plans to activate the function on existing cars as soon as they get the ID Software 3.5 update.

Volkswagen boasts about being among the first to jump on bidirectional charging using the CCS (Combined Charging System) DC standard in Europe, a system that’s already a hit with brands like Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, BYD, and MG.

For those of us in the U.S., there’s hope. When asked about bidirectional charging making its way across the pond, a Volkswagen spokesperson said, “We’re looking into it for the U.S.” Remember, they had promised it could hit the States as early as summer 2022. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Volkswagen’s latest move in green tech is making waves. Their ID electric vehicles are set to revolutionize how we use and store energy at home. According to the buzz from their European press release, these sleek rides can pull double duty – not just getting you around town, but also juicing up your home.

Picture this: your VW ID becomes a powerhouse for your house. It taps into the bidirectional charging function to serve your home with solar power stored in its battery. Even on gloomy days or when the sun’s taken a bow, your house stays lit with energy from your EV.

The smart system lets ID owners charge up precisely when renewable energy is abundant. Thanks to nifty electricity tariffs and algorithms, you’ll be powering up your ride with clean energy smarts.

But wait, there’s more. VW’s vision extends beyond just homes. In the future, your ID EV could play hero by feeding extra power back into the grid (V2G) to keep things steady.

The real-world test is happening in Sweden, where a housing estate is getting the full EV treatment. VW’s partnered up with HagerEnergy GmbH, supplying a home power station and a snazzy Home Energy Management System. It’s a full package deal.

How does it all work? Think of your ID EV as a superhero sidekick to your home storage system. When your home needs a boost, the EV steps in. Once your home storage is topped up, the EV chills in standby mode until duty calls again.

For now, the tech dance is limited to certain Volkswagen ID models in Europe, cozying up to the S10 E COMPACT series DC home power station from HagerEnergy GmbH. But hold onto your charging cables – more home power stations will soon join the party.

And, a quick heads up – bidirectional charging takes a timeout when your EV’s battery hits 20% charge. Gotta keep it ready for the road. So, buckle up, because the future of EVs is looking bright, and it’s not just because of the headlights.

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