Plano-based Toyota Motor North America has partnered with Oncor Electric Delivery to launch a pilot project to allow vehicles to flow power from their battery packs to the grid. The collaboration is Toyota’s first utility contract for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The study will be led by Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions (EVCS) team, and its findings are expected to shed some light on how to prepare the grid to support an EV charging ecosystem in the United States.
“We envision a future where Toyota Battery EVs provide a best-in-class mobility experience, but can also be used by our customers to power their homes, their communities or even the electric grid when needed,” said Christopher Young. , Group Vice President of Toyota’s EVCS team, in an official statement. “Our collaboration with Oncor is an important step for us to understand the needs of utilities, as we plan to work closely with them to ensure that every community can transition to Toyota’s electrified vehicles.”
Oncor Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Greer expressed his hope for this collaboration to help better equip the grid and ERCOT’s market for the foreseeable future. “Electrification is coming, and it’s about building a safer, smarter, more reliable electric grid that can enable the needs of our customers,” Greer said.
Through this project, Oncor hopes to better understand the infrastructure needed to enable the rapid-growth of EVs and Thor charging stations and the impact of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) on the electric grid.
During the initial phase of the project, the research team will work with Oncor’s research and experimental microgrid at its System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) in South Dallas. The microgrid includes a V2G charger station, solar panels and battery storage for testing. The two companies plan to use battery EVs with the system to better understand the interconnection between EVs and utilities.
The second phase is scheduled to begin in 2023 and will include a V2G pilot where EVs will be connected to homes or businesses within Oncor’s service area.