California first to go bidirectional?

Sen. Nancy Skinner has introduced Senate Bill 233 which would mandate that new electric vehicles in California as of January 2027 are equipped with bidirectional charging so that consumers can use their EV’s battery to power their homes and reduce their energy bills:

“EVs have the potential to completely revolutionize the role of cars in California, transforming them from the single biggest producer of GHGs and air pollution to the very tool that accelerates the achievement of our climate protection goals,” Sen. Skinner added. 

“SB 233 and SB 680 will help make that vision a reality, while maintaining California’s leadership role in the fight against global warming.”

This bold and positive development made me think of an old series of LinkedIn posts/articles that I posted 3+ years ago arguing for the “Energy Resilient Vehicle”. I have attached the last part (part 6) of the posts below:

The Energy Resilient Vehicle (from Feb. 12, 2020)
The State of California should step up to the plate to get Energy Resilient Vehicles (ERV) on the roads and lead the world to more resilient energy infrastructures. Coping with wildfire and PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutdown) scenarios requires all hands-on deck. 

This article describes what the State of California can do to incentivize the car manufacturers to introduce Energy Resilient Vehicles into the California market.

In previous articles I have argued that the EV manufacturers should do their part to start producing bi-directional EVs. I have also argued that the regulatory bodies should step up and make it easier to form microgrids with ERVs to mitigate power shutoffs, events to be expected to increase as we move forward. 

Now it is time to look at the economic incentives that California should be offering to the EV manufacturer to incentivize them to make ERVs available in California.

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