Duke seeks Ford’s F-150 Lightning batteries for V2G to stabilize grid

Duke seeks Ford’s F-150 Lightning batteries for V2G to stabilize grid

American utility company, Duke Energy is reportedly planning to utilize automotive major Ford’s F-150 Lightning batteries in a pilot program for storing backup energy and conserving energy use on the power grid.

The energy firm will be filing a petition for the program with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

With the new program, vehicle lease payments can be lowered for eligible EVs, which will include the F-150 Lightning, and utility customers will be able to direct energy from their electric vehicles and give it back to the grid. 

With the new technology, a two-way flow of energy between EV and the grid will be established. The program will begin in the Carolinas where Duke currently has 2.1 million energy consumers.

Duke Energy will roll out the program with around 100 customers, under which it will be leasing EVs, including the Ford F-150 Lightning.

The two companies are expected to bring out the true potential of EVs, especially in the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is capable of storing large amounts of energy and makes it an ideal candidate for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

By supplying the grid with energy, demand during high usage can be eased, and it can also expand the use of renewable energy by utilizing untapped power.

Steven Croley, Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel, Ford, stated that the automaker’s EVs are tapping into new energy management possibilities for its customers and becoming energy storage sources that can add to the benefits of owning an EV.

He added that the company is also working on tweaking and extending these capabilities which can not only power the lives of their customers but also further advance the development of a lesser carbon-intensive grid.

Both firms have been making aggressive advancements towards sustainability, with Ford having recently announced the purchase of DTE Energy and Duke having built a two-way smart grid for controlling electricity flow between vehicle and home.

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