Honda, alongside Ohio-based electricity utility American Electric Power (AEP) is conducting research to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into the utility’s system.
The project aims to address several challenges associated with the expansion of EV technologies, including the re-purposing of used EV batteries, the anticipated impact of EV demand and renewable energy on the US electricity grid, and the integration of EV batteries as grid storage.
Increasing volumes of EVs will potentially strain the power grid, influenced in part by anticipated user-behaviours such as EV drivers plugging in their vehicles after work. Additional storage using EV batteries for peak demand management can support utility adoption of renewables.
American Honda Motor’s Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business said, “Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem. Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”
Honda will provide AEP with used EV batteries from its Fit range, and will study integration options with the utility’s grid.
The project, and research gathered will help both companies develop technology and standards for future vehicle grid integration, and add value to EV business models and the technology’s value.
Honda has set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations by 50% by 2050 compared to the year 2000, will electrify two-thirds of its fleet by 2030.