The companies will test GM vehicles with bidirectional charging technology that can power the essential needs of homes in PG&E’s service area, with the first vehicle-to-home capable EV and charger to be piloted by summer 2022.
Following lab testing, they plan to pilot vehicle-to-home interconnection allowing a small number of customers’ homes to receive power from the EV when electricity stops flowing from the grid.
Through the demonstration, the companies aim to develop a user-friendly vehicle-to-home customer experience for the technology, with plans to start larger customer trials by the end of 2022.
Passenger vehicles alone account for nearly 29% of California’s total emissions.
The project supports the state’s goal of ensuring 100% of sales of new passenger cars and trucks have zero emissions by 2035.
Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E Corporation said: “We are really excited about this innovative collaboration with GM. Imagine a future where everyone is driving an electric vehicle—and where that EV serves as a backup power option at home and more broadly as a resource for the grid.
“Not only is this a huge advancement for electric reliability and climate resiliency, it’s yet another advantage of clean-powered EVs, which are so important in our collective battle against climate change.”