Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Image courtesy Rivian.

Clean Transport

V2L Tech Proving That It Is No Longer Just A Nice To Have Feature For The Occasional Camping Trip

The Beauty of V2L, Urologist Performs Vasectomy Powered By A Rivian R1T Pickup!

South Africa could finally get an EV with vehicle-to-load technology (V2L), the Kia EV6! I am very excited about this. A while ago, I had written about how South Africa, with all the load-shedding going on, really needs some EVs with V2L. In an article titled “We Need More Vehicles Like The Ford F150 Lightning: An African Perspective,” I motivated for the introduction of vehicles with V2L technology in several markets experiencing frequent power rationing.

An example of one of these vehicles is the Ford F150 Lightning. The Ford F150 Lightning can provide 9.6 kW of continuous backup power to help power your home or appliances in the event of a blackout or high grid electricity prices. By pairing the F150 Lightning with the necessary vehicle to home (V2H) gear, the pickup truck could help power homes and replace or reduce the use of the fossil-fueled generators. South Africa has a Ford assembly plant where the ICE Ford Ranger pickup is assembled. The electric Ford Ranger Lightning & Thunder pickups are coming and I hope this means we could get a locally assembled EV with V2L technology.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest share of electricity output from backup/standby generators in the world. 9% of annual electricity consumption in the region is from backup/standby generators. This is due many countries in the region having constrained generation capacity, and weak and intermittent grids, resulting in regular power cuts. This makes V2L technology more of a necessity in this part of the world, than a nice to have feature for the occasional camping trip in other developed markets where the electricity grid is very reliable.

Since I wrote those articles, I have had several discussions with people from around the world and also seen some comments on social media saying that V2L is also now important and not just a nice to have feature. Earlier this week, a perfect example of this came from a urologist in Austin, Texas! In what could actually be the first ever vasectomy performed using V2L, Dr Christopher Yang, performed what he called the world’s first Rivian-powered vasectomy. In his Tweet, he said “Power in clinic went out, patient didn’t want to reschedule cause he already had time off. Electrocautery was normal, procedure went great!”

We should be hearing more of these stories in the near future given the ongoing global energy crunch and skyrocketing energy prices. The good thing is that there are now quite a few vehicles with V2L tech. Here is a summary of some of them:

Here is a video of one of these vehicles, the BYD Atto 3, in Sydney, Australia, showing some V2L action.

BYD is taking electric vehicles to the world, offering its electric vehicle in more markets and new markets where other OEMs aren’t ready or willing to go just yet. This means more vehicles with V2L tech such as the Atto 3 will reach more markets sooner rather than later.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!

Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai has been fascinated with batteries since he was in primary school. As part of his High School Physics class he had to choose an elective course. He picked the renewable energy course and he has been hooked ever since. At university he continued to explore materials with applications in the energy space and ending up doing a PhD involving the study of radiation damage in High Temperature Gas Cooled Nuclear Reactors. He has since transitioned to work in the Solar and Storage industry and his love for batteries has driven him to obsess about electric vehicles.


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

The founders of Zero Carbon Charge have been involved in the utility-scale solar sector in South Africa since 2011. Anticipating a surge in electricity...

Clean Power

The Western Cape Government’s website lists the definition of electricity wheeling (wheeling), as the act of transporting electricity from a generator to a remotely...


The Volvo EX30 was launched recently by Volvo and will be available in several markets around the world. There is a lot of excitement...


Africa New Energy and Vehicles (AfricaNEV) is a continental non-profit that aims to accelerate the adoption of e-mobility in Africa through policy advocacy, awareness...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.