The reasons shoppers might opt for an electric vehicle are manifold — environmental concerns, avoiding the hassle (and cost) of the gas station or getting the latest tech features are a few motivating factors. Though still in its infancy, bidirectional charging may soon bring even more benefits for owners and EV infrastructure. This emerging technology aims to put an EV’s battery to work, whether it’s to power a home during an outage or send power back to the grid en masse. Read on to learn what bidirectional charging is, which vehicles offer it today and what the future holds.
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What Is Bidirectional Charging?
Bidirectional charging, on the other hand, turns charging into a two-way street: Electricity can flow from the grid to charge the vehicle, or it can flow from the EV back into the grid or into a home, office building or appliance. With bidirectional charging, DC power must be converted back to AC through a dedicated charger or an inverter within the vehicle itself.