Vehicle To Load Technology in New Zealand
Vehicle to load (V2L) is a relatively new technology in the world of electric vehicles, particularly in New Zealand. Keep reading as we explore how to use your electric vehicle to power tools, lighting, electronic devices, and more.
Approx. 3 minute read.
What is vehicle to load technology?
Vehicle to load technology allows Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs, or EVs) to act as mobile power stations and portable energy sources.
As this technology becomes increasingly popular in electric vehicles, we can expect to see it as a stock standard on the specification sheet for most going forward. As of writing, there are a few electric vehicles that boast this technology thanks to a built-in inverter. This allows them to convert DC power stored in their battery to AC power, which in turn can then be used to power electric devices such as lighting, tools, and appliances. However, for the majority of electric vehicles that don’t yet have this built-in, you’ll find the most common use of V2L technology is through the use of an adapter that can be purchased as an add-on accessory.
Benefits of V2L technology
V2L technology has an array of benefits. It’s particularly useful for those who work outdoors or in trades, as they can utilise their electric vehicle as a portable power source for their tools. In addition to this, V2L technology allows EV owners to pack up their vehicle and head out into the country with the ability to power electric bikes, cooking appliances, heaters, lights, and more. Essentially, V2L technology provides all the creature comforts of electricity you’re used to experiencing at home, on the road.
Vehicle to load technology is also particularly beneficial in a disaster or national emergency where there may be power outages. Those impacted can use their EV to power lighting, appliances, medical equipment, heaters, and more.
In addition to this, V2L has environmental benefits as well, enabling EV owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using their vehicle’s electricity rather than relying on traditional fossil-fuel based electricity sources.
Finally, V2L technology can help reduce peak demand on the grid, as EVs can discharge their batteries during times of high demand, rather than putting added pressure on the electricity grid.
Overall, vehicle to load technology long-term has the potential to change the way we generate, distribute, and consume energy overall.
Watch: The Kia EV6 vehicle to load technology in use. Please note that international models are shown, New Zealand specifications may differ.
Image: Autocar New Zealand utilising V2L technology to cook a toastie during their review of the Kia EV6.
Power output from V2L technology depends on the electric vehicle itself, so it’s hard to provide an average figure. For example, the Kia EV6 V2L function delivers 3.6 kW of 220 V AC power, which is more than enough to run your devices for an extended period of time.
What about Vehicle to Home and Vehicle to Grid Functionality?
Vehicle to Home (V2H) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) functionality use the same underlying principle to supply power back to the home or grid from the vehicle’s battery. Essentially, it’s a power-sharing concept between the home or electricity grid and the vehicle. These technologies have the potential to make homes, offices, and classrooms less reliant on national power grids.
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