Utrecht becomes the first bidirectional region in the world thanks to the new collaboration between Hyundai and We Drive Solar
In the presence of State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven, Alderman Eelco Eerenberg and Representative Huib van Essen, Hyundai signed an agreement this morning with strategic partners to make Utrecht the first region in the world with a bidirectional ecosystem. In this ecosystem, the batteries of shared electric cars are used to store sustainable energy on a large scale.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was present when the first bidirectional charging station was commissioned in Utrecht two years ago. Since then, almost 500 public charging stations have popped up in the city and region of Utrecht. Electric cars can get charged with sustainable energy at these charging stations and deliver energy back to the grid. Utrecht is the first city and region with a large network of bidirectional charging stations.
Because of the knowledge and the large charging network in Utrecht, Hyundai chose to launch their first car with bidirectional charging technology in this city. The IONIQ 5 will be deployed on a large scale in this city throughout the upcoming years.
The ambition of We Drive Solar and her partners is to realise the energy- and mobility system of the future in the city and region, which includes: hundreds of shared electric cars that provide clean air, less cars on the road, a buffer for large scale application of solar and wind energy in the region.