Most new EVs, including the ID.4, have a minimum driving range of around 250 miles. More expensive ones, like the Tesla Model S Plaid, can exceed 500 miles on a single charge. Because of lockdowns and work from home policies, we’re all driving less these days and all indicators point this new lifestyle (or some hybrid form) is here to stay.
That means EVs could have more extra power available for a variety of situations. Bidirectional charging can work in a few ways. The most common method is called “vehicle-to-grid,” or V2G, meaning one can return the car’s stored energy back into the electricity grid. Why would owners want to do this even in non-emergencies? Because they can make money.