Hyundai plans V2G features for electric cars

Hyundai plans V2G features for electric cars

Hyundai plans to make the on-board charger, which is suitable for bidirectional charging and is installed in the production models of the Ioniq 5, usable for V2G technology as well. In addition, Hyundai will soon introduce a new electric model that will have V2G technology ex works.

This could be the Ioniq 6, which is expected to be unveiled within the next few months. The e-sedan will be the second Hyundai model to be built on the company's proprietary E-GMP platform, following the Ioniq 5 crossover.

The on-board charger that Hyundai uses for this platform is V2X-capable, i.e. "Vehicle-to-Everything", as already reported in 2020. So far, however, Hyundai has only used this technology for a so-called "Vehicle-to-Load" function: With V2L, an electrical device can be operated with up to 3.6 kW via a special adapter as if it were plugged into a socket - be it a tool, a TV, an electric grill or, in the case of Schuko charging bricks, another e-car. The e-car rental company "Nextmove" had already demonstrated that even a house can be supplied with electricity via the V2L function - but this "Vehicle-to-Home" (V2H) function is not provided for in this way by Hyundai ex works.

Now, however, Hyundai is expanding its V2X portfolio - at least as part of pilot projects. For this, Hyundai is currently using modified Ioniq 5s. In Germany, Hyundai is part of the V2H project CRADLE (Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) in Berlin, testing the possibility of sharing electricity with the home within a closed energy system.

Several Ioniq 5s are in use here, which have the same on-board charger hardware as the series models, but specific software has been installed for the V2H project - Hyundai does not go into detail here.