VW & Eon want to connect millions of electric cars to electricity storage

Volkswagen is transforming the Buzz ID into an electricity storage device

Deliveries of the new Volkswagen ID.Buzz will begin in the fall. The minibus becomes “bidirectional” and can thus return the charged electricity to the network, thus becoming a storage device.

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Dusseldorf In the future, electric cars can help solve a major renewable energy supply problem: wind and solar power are often produced when electricity is not needed at all. So far, there has been a lack of sufficient storage capacity to store the excess amount of electricity. Electric cars must take on this function. Volkswagen and an Eon subsidiary have started a first attempt in Saxony.

“We need the car as part of the energy transition,” says Elke Temme, head of Volkswagen’s charging and energy division, describing the common challenge facing vehicle manufacturers and the electrical industry. More than 6,000 gigawatt hours of electricity from solar and wind power plants worth around one billion euros are not used every year in Germany because there is not enough storage. With this amount of electricity, 2.7 million electric cars could circulate for a full year, explains Elke Temme in an interview with Handelsblatt.

VW and Eon want to link electric cars to electricity storage

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