Polestar is part of a five-partner project in Sweden to accelerate the development of Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Home (V2H).
Supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, the car manufacturer is joined by Chalmers University of Technology, the Gothenburg energy grid supplier Göteborg Energi, charging solution provider CTEK and energy solution provider Ferroamp, in the study which will take two years and nine months to complete.
The project will see the construction of two V2X demonstration charging stations in Gothenburg – one at Polestar’s headquarters and one on the Chalmers University campus.
V2X technology allows EVs to act as power sources when they are plugged into the grid.
Having ideally charged an EV with green energy – for example wind or solar – the vehicle can then supply its stored energy back to the grid, much like advanced off-grid power solutions that currently utilise battery packs with relatively small capacities to store energy for later use.
Polestar’s Head of Research and Development, Hans Pehrson said, “V2X will really revolutionise the future of power grids all over the world.
“I can imagine a world where thousands of electric vehicles, all plugged into the grid, act as an important part of a fully renewable energy system.
“For example a V2H solution could maximise the storage of local green energy and provide back-up capacity for peak periods. This is a step towards a world without the need for coal or nuclear power plants.
“This is exciting for us – we have been exploring this bidirectional technology for some time now and we want to bring it to life in our future products.
“It gives our R&D team great pleasure to be involved in this project with such fantastic future potential.”