A Business Case for Bidirectional EVs? Office of Technology Transitions, DOE Webinar Series - Part 1

June 20, 2020

A Business Case for Bidirectional EVs? Office of Technology Transitions, DOE Webinar Series - Part 1

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is pleased to announce a new webinar series, Is There A Business Case For Bidirectional Electric Vehicles And Charging Infrastructure? This series will include two informative, engaging sessions with distinct sets of panelists discussing different but related concepts in regards to bidirectional electric vehicles.

Webinar 1: What are bidirectional electric vehicles? Why may they be important?

This panel will describe what bidirectional vehicles are and their capabilities. Some experts warn the grid could reach a reliability tipping point in less than 5 years due to renewables and/or to charging congestion from new electric vehicles (EVs). Storage at DC fast charging sites will help. However, light-, medium- and heavy-duty EVs could become an asset instead of a liability if they are bidirectional. This session will also explore whether EVs have the potential to become as revolutionary as the iPod, providing multiple benefits to end users and reducing total cost of EV ownership. At a high level, we will discuss innovative new business models that integrate energy and transportation as a single, dynamic, symbiotic system. We will explore innovative ways to think about electric vehicle charging infrastructure and bidirectional electric vehicles.

Moderator: Rima Kasia Oueid
Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

David Slutzky
Dan Bowerson
Director, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
Sam Sperling
Product Manager, Charging and Software, Proterra
Curtis Wynn
President, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Roanoke Electric
Graham Turk
Innovation Strategist, Innovation Development, Green Mountain Power
Jesse Denver
Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Transportation Electrification & Community Resilience, East Bay Community Energy