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Major automakers are joining forces to keep America’s grid stable | Taza Khabre

This is a perfect scenario. Three automakers, essentially rivals for Americans’ hard-earned money, working together for the same goal sounds like an impossible dream, but it’s happening. A single platform that facilitates interaction between customers, automakers and utilities is a welcome feat, especially for power grid management, but some issues need to be addressed.

In a country where privacy is a top concern, are customers willing to share their energy usage data? Of course, the premise is that the data will be transferred securely, but we’ve heard that before… And a recent report proved just how dangerous your data is in America.

In addition, it is necessary to clarify the financial incentives for electric car users who will support the ChargeScape idea. Off-peak charging rates are already so low without a platform, so why join if not to experience the environmental benefits of clean energy?

And there is also the problem of V2G technology. Only a handful of companies, such as Ford, GM and Hyundai, have bi-directional charging technology in their cars, and some have already confirmed they are following suit. However, Tesla, one of the largest electric car manufacturers in the US by sales volume, has yet to implement this in its cars.

Also, while this is ideal for everyone, recharging the battery to support the network is not an attractive proposition as range anxiety is still a big problem. We all know that those who charge overnight at home expect to see their F-150 Lightning fully charged and ready to go in the morning.

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