Can GM electric vehicles be used as a backup power source during an outage?

April 12th, 2022 by

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GM vehicles to power your home during a power outage 

Can GM electric vehicles be used as a backup power source during an outage? In a recent press release, we learn that GM electric vehicles will be on-demand power sources for home power supply in the future. Keep reading below to learn about bidirectional charging technology. You can find these electric models here at Carl Black Roswell in Roswell, GA. 

When will GM vehicles be able to provide power to homes? 

The first bidirectional charger will be tested in summer of 2022. That means that pretty soon, the technology will roll out that allows drivers to power their homes with their trucks. This pilot technology will be available for multiple GM EVs. 

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When will customers be able to purchase bidirectional car chargers? 

If you want a charger that allows power to flow both ways, you aren’t alone. This technology, which is key to helping customers keep the power on during an outage, will be available soon, with the first customer trials happening by the end of 2022. If you’re among the first to test this new technology, you’ll receive yours later this year, but we expect them to become more widespread in 2023.  

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What are the benefits of purchasing a bidirectional car charger? 

If you already have a car charger, you don’t have to replace it, but consider getting a bidirectional car charger next time you get an electric car. This technology comes with many benefits, a few of which we’ll highlight below.  

  • Bidirectional car chargers allow you to power your home with your vehicle, which means you don’t have to worry about a power outage. 
  • These chargers will automatically coordinate the power supply for you, so don’t worry about blowing a fuse or tampering with complex technology. It’s user-friendly. 
  • Some chargers allow you to schedule charging during the best hours for the grid, helping keep pressure off the grid. 

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