Tesla is basically the Apple of cars – rather than partner with other companies, build it inhouse. Tesla finally is beginning to introduce Vehicle to Grid capabilities to their model 3s in the field. And in tear-downs engineers have found that this feature can be enabled through an Over-The-Air update since they already have built in the hardware controls to support Vehicle to Grid. Their onboard charger already supports bi-directional charging…
This shouldn’t come as any shock especially when billions have been flowing into the technology to turn EVs into portable battery packs that homeowners can use to run their homes through outages and utilities can use to help alleviate load on the grid. We actually covered some of the benefits and concerns holding Vehicle to Grid technology back in the market in this article a few weeks ago.
With Tesla’s sales beating their estimates and having sold their millionth car they effectively have a portable fleet of 75 GWh of storage. Which lines up great with their goal to release a million mile battery pack so that their customers can monetize their vehicles by providing their onboard storage as a service to the utility companies.
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Swarnav S Pujari
Founder of The Impact
Swarnav has over 10 years of experience in the energy & climate tech space, holds 2 patents and is active in the tech, climate and media industries. He specializes in Product/Product Innovation as well as Go-To-Market and Growth Strategy.
By training he’s a Materials Engineer with a background in research from his time at Georgia Tech and University of Illinois (UIUC).
He founded TouchLight a utility backed energy company focused on developing IP for utilities and startups pushing electrification forward. He also serves as the appointed Chairman for the Town of Yorktown’s Climate Smart Communities Task Force, where he helps with drafting legislation and enabling sustainability efforts within the town.
Concurrently, Swarnav founded The Impact to help investors, emerging founders and driven climate enthusiasts discover and identify new climate-tech startups, technologies and opportunities before they hit the traditional media sources.