Bidirectional charging transforms Volkswagen’s EVs in Sweden

Volkswagen’s EV bidirectional charging ‘an important contribution to the sustainable use of energy’, says Imelda Labbé, Volkswagen Board Member for Sales

Volkswagen’s ID. models which have a 77 kWh battery can now use the bidirectional charging function, to store electricity at home or work, which will turn electric cars into ‘rolling energy storage units in the future’.

Bidirectional charging refers to an electric vehicle’s battery that can receive a charge and discharge energy back to the grid, enabling a two-way flow of electricity.

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German multinational automotive manufacturer Volkswagen, known as VW, is a leader in building passenger cars, commercial vehicles and EVs. 

The company has been investing heavily in electric vehicle technology and is committed to expanding its electric vehicle lineup. They have developed the Volkswagen ID series, which includes all-electric models such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. The company aims to further enhance its electric vehicle offerings in the coming years.

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Volkswagen’s bidirectional charging allows electric cars to store energy and then supply power back to the grid, which can better support the grid during peak demand periods and provide backup power.

Volkswagen's role in the energy transition

Volkswagen is actively shaping the energy transition, with products and services centred around the electric car.

“With the bidirectional charging function that is now available, we have tailored a new service offering to the needs of our customers,” says Imelda Labbé, Volkswagen Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales. “Not only can they save energy costs, but they are also making an important contribution to the sustainable use of energy." 

In Sweden, residents of Stenberg, a housing estate in Hudiksvall, are already enjoying bidirectional charging technology, which is keeping their homes and cars powered. Entrepreneur Klas Boman wants to make the houses ‘future-proof for another 350 years’ through sustainable remodelling and the opportunities of bidirectional charging.

"Stenberg is a once-in-a-lifetime project. When we decided to realise ‘the other 350-year project’, energy and the environment were key,” he said. “Every decision was made with these aspects in mind. The use of electric vehicles as energy storage was considered from the outset. Thankfully, Volkswagen joined the project in April 2021 and we are now ready to go. This will be one of the biggest changes in the energy market."


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