Kia Motors and Hyundai America Technical Centre have signed a partnership with University of California, Irvine (UCI) to develop V2G smart charging software algorithms.The two motor groups entered into the agreement with the Advanced Power and Energy Programme (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

[quote] The programme is aimed at creating Vehicle-to-Grid smart charging software algorithms to coordinate the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support the grid resource operation.

Kia will provide six of its Soul EVs to the project. According to EV FleetWorld, the term Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) “defines a system which enables battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) to communicate with the power grid for bi-directional power flow while being grid-connected.”

This in turn enables the vehicles to serve as energy storage to help manage electricity demand.

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America, said: "Grid-connected electric vehicles offer tremendous potential in terms of energy storage and dispersion during high-demand periods, and Kia is excited to collaborate with APEP in the study and development of advanced smart grid technologies.”

He added: "Kia's green car roadmap calls for a dramatic expansion of electrified vehicles over the next five years, and we are proud of the role the Soul EV will play in helping UCI's students and faculty develop new and better advanced smart charging technologies."

EV impact on the grid

The trial is primarily aimed at understanding how battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are managed on the energy grid, while at the same time pinpointing challenges and solutions for V2G deployment. The programme will also seek to predict BEV and PHEV charging behaviour and increase understanding around their impact on the grid. [Rise of plug-in electric vehicles as grid storage application]

Samuelsen, director of the Advanced Power and Energy Programme (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), commented: "We are pleased to collaborate with Kia in conducting research on these important topics.

"The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, systems analyses provided by the Kia/APEP programme."


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