V2G technology deployed in the city of Utrecht

The Korean manufacturer, in partnership with We Drive Solar, is launching a mobility offer based on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, is the first in the world to deploy the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologyand aims to become the first metropolis in the world with a two-way network. In this context, Hyundai has partnered with We Drive Solar to deploy 25 copies of the Hyundai Ioniq 5equipped with V2G technology.

The Cartesius district of Utrecht, located near Zuilen station, is the heart of a large-scale construction project, where no less than 2,530 homes will be built. The public space has been designed for the sustainable mobility, highlighting cycle lanes. The automobile is, however, part of an intelligent mobility offer, with a car sharing service operated by We Drive Solar.

Hyundai and V2G technology: a means of storing renewable energy

We Drive Solar is working on an infrastructure that makes it possible to intelligently coexist solar panels, charging stations and electric vehicles offered for car sharing. In this context, in addition to serving as a sustainable means of transport for the inhabitants of Utrecht, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will also use their two-way charging, when not in use for movement. Thus, the on-board batteries of the electric crossover will be used as a backup device. renewable energy storageusing V2G technology (Vehicle-to-Grid).

In practice, during load peaks in the use of electrical energy in the district, the Ioniq 5 will contribute to supplying the electrical network of nearby houses and buildings. In addition, by storing the energy obtained from solar panels or wind turbines in vehicle batteries, then reusing it during peak hours, the We Drive Solar car-sharing system contributes to reduce pollution and energy cost.

Utrecht aims to become the first region in the world to have a two-way network, enabling it to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. In the longer term, the We Drive Solar car-sharing system will be enriched with an offer of 150 electric vehicles provided by Hyundai.

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