- The Oncor collaboration marks Toyota’s first utility contract for EV charging
- Research to focus on vehicle-to-grid to customer and grid benefits
- Both companies aim to provide a seamless electrified mobility customer experience
Plano, Texas, December 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) and Oncor Electric Delivery (Oncor), a Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company, has agreed to collaborate on a pilot project near vehicle-to-grid (V2G), a technology that allows vehicles to flow power from their batteries to the electric grid. The effort, which will be led by Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions (EVCS) team, marks an important first collaboration for Toyota in the US with a public utility around battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
The research findings will allow Toyota and Oncor to better prepare to support the broader EV charging ecosystem. United States. Further, these efforts will allow Toyota to improve the customer experience for Toyota BEV customers, accelerate carbon neutrality efforts and provide advancements in business opportunities.
“We envision a future where Toyota BEVs provide a best-in-class mobility experience, but can 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 the Toyota Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions Team. “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.”
“Electrification is coming, and it’s about building a safer, smarter, more reliable electric grid that can enable our customers’ needs, Texas and the ERCOT market. This project marks the first collaboration of its kind between Oncor and an OEM manufacturer, and we are excited to work with a world-class technology leader like Toyota on how the electric grid can enable V2G transactions across Oncor’s service territory,” said Jim Greer, Oncor Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We appreciate Toyota’s cooperation in pursuing innovative energy solutions through this effort, and we look forward to one day implementing the lessons learned from this pilot project to benefit the many communities we serve.”
Initially, the two companies agreed to a research project that would use Oncor’s research and testing microgrid at its System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) in the south. DallasLocated just south of Toyota’s nearby national headquarters. The SOSF microgrid is composed of four interconnected microgrids that can be controlled independently, but operated in parallel, tandem, or integrated into a single, larger system. The microgrid and its subsystems include a “V2G” charger, solar panels and battery storage for testing and evaluation. Toyota and Oncor plan to use a BEV with the system to better understand the interconnection between BEVs and utilities.
Beyond this initial phase, a second phase of the project, scheduled for 2023, will include a V2G pilot where all standard interconnection processes and contracts will be tested with connected BEVs in homes or businesses within Oncor’s service territory.
The collaboration will help provide insights into the current and future needs of both Oncor and Toyota customers. Additionally, it will provide additional insight into the infrastructure needed to enable the rapid growth of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, meet their needs and support electric vehicles, and better understand the impact of V2G on the electric grid.
Toyota’s first mass-market BEV, the bZ4X, went on sale in the US last year and Canada. The first Lexus BEV, the RZ 450e, is scheduled to go on sale in early 2023.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the United States for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands as well as our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the United States who contribute to the design, engineering and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant North Carolina Will start making automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 US sales are electrified.
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Headquarters Dallas, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC is a regulated power distribution and transmission business that uses superior resource management capabilities to deliver reliable power to customers. Oncor (together with its subsidiaries) operates the largest distribution and transmission systems TexasProvides electricity to more than 3.8 million homes and businesses and operates more than 140,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Texas. Owned by two investors (the indirect majority owner, Sempra, and the minority owner, Texas Transmission Investments LLC), Oncor is managed by its board of directors, which is composed mostly of disinterested directors.
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