Modern electric vehicles offer a host of lifestyle benefits, including a zero-emission tailpipe. But an emerging technology will take them beyond transportation.
Over the next three to five years, shoppers will begin to hear about bidirectional charging capability. When an EV is equipped for this, it has a two-way power flow that can send DC power back into its AC source. This will allow EV owners to use their vehicle's battery to power their homes.
The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup will lead the market push with usable bidirectional charging when deliveries of the truck begin this spring, according to Ryan O'Gorman, energy services lead for Ford Motor Co. The feature will require an intermediary home integration kit that connects charger and house.