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In the Future, Your Parked Car Will Power Your House

Vehicle-to-grid technology: The U.S. military is about to give it a test-drive.

On a continued mission to reduce overall fleet expenses, increase mission capabilities, and achieve energy efficiency goals, the Department of Defense recently announced a plan to spend $20 million on the first year of a pilot program that will test a vehicle fleet of 500 plug-in electric vehicles and related infrastructure using vehicle-to-grid technology at six installations nation-wide. Vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, is a system by which power can be passed back and forth between a parked vehicle and the power grid. That means, if needed, an electric vehicle could temporarily provide back-up energy to the grid.

According to E&E News:

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