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EV-NRG introduces V2G and V2H EV charger in Australia

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An electric vehicle charger that can enable EV batteries to send power to both the grid and the home in which it is located is now available in Australia.

EV-NRG began offering the charger late last month through a partnership with Indra Renewable Technologies, according to a story by Bridie Schmidt on The Driven, an Australian website that covers EVs. Indra, which makes the charger and is based in the U.K., had been offering it in its home country since 2018.

The charger can be controlled by a smartphone app developed by Kaluza, the technology subsidiary of U.K.-based green energy provider OVO Energy. It also can regulate its charging and discharging based on information from both the EV plugged into it and a suite of sensors that monitor the grid and the house in which it’s located. It can support a house load of up to 6 kilowatts, according to EV-NRG.

EV-NRG has priced the charger at a little less than A$10,000, which is a little less than US$7,300. The Australian seller of EV chargers says that using the charger in vehicle-to-house mode with a bidirectional-enabled EV could reduce homeowners' electric bills by as much as A$360 a year, meaning that people who buy the charger aren’t doing so for the savings, as recovering its cost would take nearly 28 years.

EVs are not widely used yet and the cost of chargers like the one EV-NRG is selling guarantees they will only be the province of extremely early adopters for a while. But as the technology in EVs, EV chargers and EV charging platforms advances, their prices should come down and their use should spread. And since EVs and EV chargers have the potential to make every garage into a distributed energy resource, they’re something grid professionals should keep an eye on.

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