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Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) pilot program

Keep your lights on using your EV

Enroll in the Vehicle to Everything pilot.

New bidirectional charger technology allows you to use the power in your electric vehicle's battery. PG&E’s Vehicle to Everything (V2X) pilots offer incentives to help customers access this technology.

  • Power your property temporarily when there is an electrical outage
  • Charge your vehicle when electricity is less expensive and use vehicle power when it’s more expensive (4-9 p.m.)
  • Earn additional incentives by sending electricity to the grid during times of high demand

Key components of the Vehicle-to-Everything system:

  • Electric vehicle battery: Most batteries currently used for electric vehicles are Lithium-ion, a type of battery technology that is compact and able to charge and discharge quickly and efficiently. Lithium-ion batteries are also used in laptops and phones.
  • Electric vehicle charger:
    • Inverter: Converts stored direct current (DC) electricity from your vehicle battery to alternating current (AC) electricity which is used by your property and PG&E’s grid. Inverters allow electricity to flow from your vehicle to your property or the grid and can be located as part of the charger, a separate electrical box and in your vehicle.
    • Wiring and backup power configuration: Can be configured to either power your whole property or only essential items during a power outage. Talk to your system provider to determine what backup power setup is best suited to your needs.
  • Smart energy management software and communication technology: Automates charging and discharging and monitors system performance to ensure product safety and reliability. This software can be programmed to reserve a portion of your battery’s charge so that you always have enough for your transportation needs. Some system providers offer a way to automatically charge your battery when energy is cheaper and discharge when it’s more expensive.
  • Download the application checklist (PDF) to find everything you need to enroll. At this time, customers don’t need to include aggregator information in their application.
  • Before you buy anything, use this key question guide (PDF) to discuss your facility’s readiness for V2X with an electrician.
  • Select a vehicle and its compatible charger from the eligible products list below.

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Customer FAQs

It depends on several factors:

  • How much charge your vehicle has when the outage occurs
  • How much of your battery you would like to reserve for your transportation needs
  • What electrical need the vehicle is supporting during an outage

For example, a Ford F-150 Lightning with standard battery range with 80% starting charge can:

  • Power an entire home for two days
  • power critical home appliances such as a fridge for as long as a month
  • Still keep 20% of the battery to power the vehicle

The upfront incentives were designed to offset the estimated extra cost of a bidirectional charger. The performance-based incentives and enrollment in the Emergency Load Reduction Program can provide additional savings.

After an electrician confirms you need a panel upgrade for your chosen EV charging station, you will need to contact PG&E to submit a change-of-service application. Form 79-1095 (PDF) allows you to grant authorization for the electrician to submit the application on your behalf. Change-of-service applications can be completed through the Customer Service Call Center at 1-877-743-7782 or Your Projects.

  • You will need to include this information in your application:
    • Rate option: Choose the rate you'll use to charge your EV.
    • Charging load: Load amount from your EV supply equipment (EVSE). This is based on the charging system's voltage and amperage. An electrician can help you determine this information.
  • This application will help PG&E's Express Connections expedite your change of service.
    • Turnaround time for completed panel upgrades is dependent on the customer, who will be asked to provide pictures of the project area.

Please note: It can take up to 3 weeks for Express Connections to respond to requests. Check the status of your application through the Your Projects portal.

Yes, you must be on one of the time-of-use (TOU) rates listed below. You may request a rate change through your online account, or by calling 1-877-743-7782.

  • Residential – E-ELEC or EV2A
  • Small Business – B6
  • Medium Business – B10
  • Large – B19 or B20

An aggregator is responsible for sharing data between the utility and the customer’s smart device (in this case, your vehicle and charger). An aggregator does this for groups of customers and aggregates their information into one message to the utility. Find your aggregator listed under Getting Started, above.

 

Contractor FAQs

Project EVITP requirements align with Assembly Bill 841 and CA Public Utilities Code 740.20.

  • If the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and equipment to be installed supplies charging ports with 24.9 kilowatts or less and no charging ports supplying 25 kilowatts or more, then it will be installed by a contractor with an appropriate license classification, as determined by the Contractors’ State License Board, in good standing, with at least one electrician on each crew at all times during work hours who holds an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certification.
  • If the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and equipment to be installed supports at least one charging port supplying 25 kilowatts or more, then it will be installed by a contractor with an appropriate license classification, as determined by the Contractors’ State License Board, in good standing, with at least 25 percent of the total electricians working on the crew, at all times during work hours, holding EVITP certification.

 

The installer will need to sign an EVITP Affidavit (PDF) for the customer to include in their application to enroll in the V2X Pilots.

After performing an electrical assessment, contact PG&E to submit a change-of-service application. Form 79-1095 (PDF) will allow you to act on the customer’s behalf. Note that the customer’s authorization is required.

  • Applications can be completed through the Customer Service Call Center at 1-877-743-7782 or Your Projects.
  • You will need to include the following information in your application:
    • Rate option: Choose the rate the customer will use to charge their EV.
    • Charging load: Load amount from the EV supply equipment (EVSE). This is based on the charging system's voltage and amperage.
    • Panel upgrade: Does the dedicated circuit require a panel upgrade.
      If a panel upgrade is needed, this application helps PG&E's Express Connections expedite the change of service.
      Turnaround time for completed panel upgrades is dependent on the customer, who will be asked to provide pictures of the project area.

Please note: It can take up to 3 weeks for Express Connections to respond to requests. Check the status of your application through the Your Projects portal.

Under Electric Rule 21, the customer’s system will need to be interconnected to perform vehicle-to-grid (V2G) use cases. V2G use cases will not be tested until Phase 2 of the pilot (expected to start in late 2024). Systems that are not capable of V2G operation initially can be installed as backup generation only and submit an interconnection application later. Form 79-1095 (PDF) will allow you to act on the customer’s behalf but requires their authorization.

  1. Backup generation only: Once installation is complete, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 to let us know for awareness when we are working on an outage in the area.
  2. Interconnection for grid-tied systems: Your Projects portal → “Connect Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, or Other Generating Equipment” → “Complex Self Generation” → “Non-Export”
    • In the Project Name field, please include “VGI Pilot” to flag your application for processing.
    • On the Equipment screen, select the Uncompensated Export option in the Operating Mode drop down list.
    • Form 79-1070 (PDF) will be added to your Interconnection Agreement to allow export.

Customers with an existing solar or other renewable technology on solar can install a bidirectional EV. However, they will not receive solar credits for export from the vehicle. They will use the NEM Multiple Tariff for their existing system to earn solar credits. There will be equipment requirements (PDF) added to ensure energy is correctly metered.

Contact us

 

For additional questions, contact vgipilotcommunications@pge.com.

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