GM expands bidirectional charging throughout lineup

Common Motors on Tuesday introduced that it’ll make bidirectional vehicle-to-home (V2H) charging functionality out there on all EVs utilizing its Ultium part set by the 2026 mannequin 12 months, permitting extra EVs to function house backup energy sources.

The V2H function will roll out as beforehand introduced on the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, adopted by the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Version 1, 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV, 2024 Cadillac Lyriq, and the Cadillac Escalade IQ, slated to be revealed August 9, in line with a GM press launch.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV with GM Ultium Home energy system

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV with GM Ultium Dwelling vitality system

GM launched its V2H programs beneath a brand new GM Power enterprise final October, and detailed the {hardware} to be bought beneath the Ultium Dwelling model identify earlier this 12 months. The preliminary Ultium Dwelling V2H Bundle consists of an AC house charger, dubbed the PowerShift Charger, that enables EVs to discharge energy from their battery packs, together with an Enablement Equipment that provides an inverter and “darkish begin” battery.

GM additionally plans to supply energy-storage models for better backup energy capability and integration with house photo voltaic. The automaker beforehand confirmed that it’ll refer clients to SunPower, already its most popular EV charging installer, for set up of Ultium Dwelling V2H {hardware}. However GM hasn’t mentioned {hardware} or set up prices. Ford priced out an identical system for the F-150 Lightning in Could 2022 at about $6,000 with set up.

2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1

2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Version 1

Timing for V2H availability in EVs aside from those talked about on this announcement might be revealed at a later date. The GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV get extra restricted bidirectional charging functionality, dubbed Energy Station, for the 2024 mannequin 12 months. It permits the electrical Hummers to cost different EVs at 6 kw or present as much as 25 amps of output at both 120 volts or 240 volts, however is not formally rated for V2H use.

GM has additionally began to research how its EVs might do greater than present energy to particular person houses—by backing up the facility grid itself—with a California pilot program introduced in 2022 with utility Pacific Fuel & Electrical (PG&E).