Electric vehicles can be charged at off-peak electric rates, then used to power our homes (vehicle-to-home V2H) to reduce consumption from the grid at peak times when electric costs are higher. Electric vehicles can also temporarily power our homes when the grid has failed (e.g. due to a natural disaster).
- 2012.11.28 - Plug-in hybrid vehicles are the future; not hydrogen, not electric - The Chronicle Herald Hurricane Sandy may also be the motivation for a move towards plug-in hybrid vehicles, Mike Tinskey and Andy Frank agree. With thousands of New Jersey and New York residents without electrical power for a long period of time, the possibility of temporarily using your car as the electric power source for your home might be appealing.
- 2012.11.02 - Man uses electric car to power fridge during outage - Democrat and Chronicle
- 2012.06.12 - Smart Grid: Forget vehicle-to-grid and think vehicle-to-home instead?
- 2012.06.00 - Will V2G Help Prove Plug-ins More Viable? - Efficient Drivetrains "High battery cost is the main barrier to wide spread adoption of electric vehicles. But what if the battery could not only power a vehicle but also provide power back to a building or the electric grid? That would drastically alter the economics of electric vehicles. The technology to do that - known as vehicle to grid or V2G - exists."
- 2012.03.09 - BBC News - Tsunami - Nissan's converter enables an electric car to power your house
- 2008.09.05 - Report from the Trenches: "Beyond Oil" Conference in Redmond, Wash. - AutoObserver "... our next president's playbook has to be filled with more than just a slew of new federal funding programs for PHEVs and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-house (V2H) technologies. During his luncheon address on day one, Andy Frank, a UC Davis Professor and one of the fathers of the electric vehicle "movement," made a passionate plea for a new kind of public-private partnership. We should all be asking ourselves these big questions: What's the useful role of government (beyond being a 'market-maker' that becomes the largest single first-mover customer for new technologies by acquiring them for the federal vehicle fleet)?"
- 2008.04.22 - Plug-in Hybrids Power the Electrical Grid - PeakMoment - Professor Andy Frank's vision is for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to be charged on green, renewable power from solar panels built into the roofs of our parking lots. This would allow the vehicles to be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power back to the electrical grid when needed, thereby helping to "load balance" the demand. At home, the same vehicle batteries can help power a house (vehicle-to-house V2H), or feed energy back to the grid (vehicle-to-grid V2G).