Geely-owned Volvo Cars has launched a new business unit, Volvo Cars Energy Solutions.

It will offer energy storage and charging-related technologies and services.

Working with Göteborg Energi Nät AB, a local grid company in Volvo’s Swedish hometown of Gothenburg, the automaker is launching a  vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot programme that aims to test V2G technologies on the local energy grid and in a home environment with real customers.

The pilot will use a low-cost AC wallbox which will help to accelerate widespread adoption of the technology, Volvo Cars says.

Alexander Petrofski, the new head of Volvo Cars Energy Solutions said: “With bi-directional charging, you can use your car battery as an extra energy supply, for example to provide power to your home, other electric devices or another electric Volvo car.

“The next step would be to enable this feature all around Sweden, and hopefully that will pave the way for even broader acceptance of similar charging and energy storage services around Europe.”

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