Fiat to test “vehicle to grid” in Italy

The V2X (vehicle to everything) is the possibility, for an electric vehicle, to serve as a power source. Fiat launches into technology, but the Italian brand has for the moment only one viable car: the electric 500. In the meantime better.

The few manufacturers who bet on the Chademo charger from the start (Mitsubishi, Nissan, some Kia and Hyundai …) have an advantage over the others: two-way charging. A feature that does not exist on the CCS standard, widely used by the automotive industry in Europe. If the latter allows large charging powers in direct current, it therefore does not allow to use an electric car as a source of energy for the network.

Fiat has just announced the development of the V2X (vehicle to everything) and more particularly of the V2G (vehicle to grid). Clearly, a fleet of 700 FCA electric vehicles will be used to supply the electricity network in the event of peak demand in Italy.

Initially, it will only be 500 new generation electrics, but other plug-in hybrid models Alfa Romeo or Jeep will also be integrated into this fleet which will be complete by 2021. The project will serve as a full-scale study for FCA as part of the development of new charging technologies in the coming years. It is carried out in partnership with Terna, the energy manager in Italy.