Originally published on EV Obsession.
A newly expanded partnership with the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine, was recently announced by Kia Motors America and Hyundai America Technical Center through a press release.
The partnership will see the organizations work together to develop and trial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software algorithms, according to the press release. Kia Motors America will be providing 6 Soul EVs to the partnership, for use in the development and trialling.
“Grid-connected electric vehicles offer tremendous potential in terms of energy storage and dispersion during high-demand periods, and Kia is excited to collaborate with APEP in the study and development of advanced smart grid technologies,” commented Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America. “Kia’s green car roadmap calls for a dramatic expansion of electrified vehicles over the next five years, and we are proud of the role the Soul EV will play in helping UCI’s students and faculty develop new and better advanced smart charging technologies.”
“Vehicle-to-grid defines a system which enables battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) to communicate with the power grid for bi-directional power flow while being grid-connected. This enables the vehicles to serve as energy storage to help manage energy demand,” the press release explains, in case you hadn’t read about V2G technology before.
“Demonstration and evaluation of Soul EVs will increase understanding of how BEVs are managed on the electric grid, while identifying challenges and solutions for V2G deployment. Additionally, this test program will help predict BEV and PHEV charging behavior and further understanding of their impact on the grid.”
Scott Samuelsen, Director of Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), added: “The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, systems analyses provided by the Kia/APEP program.”