EUR 80 Million for Bidirectional EV Charging

July 2022

Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action is underwriting electric vehicle research to the tune of EUR 80 million. The focus of the new funds will be on research and development projects to create solutions for bidirectional charging and electrified heavy transport.

“Electric mobility is a central part of reducing transportation emission,” said the ministry’s parliamentary state secretary Michael Kellner. “In addition, in the future, electric motors can substantially contribute to reducing the need for an expansion of the electricity grid. We are specifically targeting research and development in this area to make bidirectional charging a reality as soon as possible. Or goal is to make German a leading market and provider of electric mobility and its integration into the power grid.”

In 2021, German carmaker Volkswagen announced that it intended to offer bidirectional charging in all of its ID models in the future. American EV manufacturers have also displayed a keen interest in the technology.

“We also have a clear strategic objective,” said Elke Temme, Head of the Charging and Energy business area at Volkswagen Group Components, in a statement. “We want to make it possible for the batteries in our electric vehicles to be used on the energy market as flexible, mobile energy storage units.”

Companies, universities and research institutions can submit applications for the new German funds until September 30, 2022.

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