Kia Providing 6 Soul EVs To University Of California Irvine For V2G Testing


2016 Kia Soul EV

2016 Kia Soul EV

Kia Motors Inc. and Hyundai Technical Center Inc. are setting up a partnership with the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The partnership will utilize the Kia Soul EV along with the university’s Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) advanced smart-charging software and technology.

2016 Soul EV

2016 Kia Soul EV

V2G is a system that some automakers are installing into BEVs and PHEVs. It will communicate with the power grid to allow energy to be transferred back and forth. Vehicles will be able to function as energy storage containers and then send the energy back into the grid.

Power grids deal with many variables when it comes to where the power is initially supplied from. Wind, solar, and water all fluctuate. EVs can either assist the situation or make it worse, depending on how systems are set up.

Will Decker, Program Development and External Relations, Advanced Power and Energy Program Masnager at UCI explained:

“To assist, their charging needs to be managed in a ‘smart” manner,’ [such as] smart charging. This project will investigate how smart charging might be deployed and how it might support UCI’s own grid as well as the state grid.”

Kia is granting UCI six Soul EVs for the project. UCI will use the vehicles to create algorithms to begin figuring out the specifics for EV charging coupled with power grid connection.

The Soul EV is Kia’s first BEV in the U.S. Hyundai Motor Group is the parent company of Kia. Both companies main locations are in Seoul, Korea.

Kia’s Vice President of Product Planning, Orth Hedrick, confirmed:

“Kia’s green car road map calls for a dramatic expansion of electrified vehicles over the next five years, and we are proud of the role the Soul EV will play in helping UCI’s students and faculty develop new and better advanced smart-charging technologies.”

Source: Kia

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6 Comments on "Kia Providing 6 Soul EVs To University Of California Irvine For V2G Testing"

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Yeah, it is really time to get V2G programs started. It is pretty clear that the EV market is going to grow in the coming years, so let’s take advantage of it. V2G could definitely help with the “Duck Curve” issue.

Wow, I’d forgotten that Kia had an EV. Can it be only 4 years ago that they added a charging station at that Kia dealer in Colorado? How time flies. Still none available in flyover states, like most of the EVs listed on this site.

Sad, but true.

Vehicle to Grid I could never see the sense of, and this has been going on for years with the only practical stuff being done by the Nissan Leaf in Japan – but that’s a special situation due to the country suddenly shuttering 50 central stations.

Vehicle to Home is much more practical – I’ve implemented it in my home to keep the refrigerators running during a power outage should my portable generator fail.

(Its nice to have a backup for the backup).

But in the States, the utilities don’t need V2G, even if there were 10 times as many electric cars as there currently are; – they take care of things like the hottest days of the year with programs such as load-shedding from big customers. Doesn’t involve any added infrastructure, and certain customers get price breaks just by foregoing electric usage, – usually just done by running their emergency generators that day – something that routine exercise is required anyway – they just do it when it is beneficial to the utility and get a price decrease besides.

Vehicle to grid would assist Hawaiian utilities to utilize more PV.

Too bad they’re not providing them to Pennsylvania for sale.