V2L Tech Proving That It Is No Longer Simply A Good To Have Characteristic For The Occasional Tenting Journey

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V2L Beauty, Urologist Performs Vasectomy Powered By A Rivian R1T Pickup!

South Africa could finally get an electric vehicle with Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology, the Kia EV6! I’m very glad about that. A while ago I wrote about how with all the load shedding, South Africa really needs some V2L electric vehicles. In an article entitled We Need More Vehicles Like The Ford F150 Lightning: An African Perspective, I advocated the introduction of vehicles with V2L technology in several markets motivated by frequent electricity rationing.

An example of one of these vehicles is the Ford F150 Lightning. The Ford F150 Lightning can provide 9.6kW of continuous backup power to power your home or devices in the event of a power outage or high electricity prices. By combining the F150 Lightning with the required V2H (Vehicle to Home) equipment, the pickup truck could help bring electricity to homes and replace or reduce fossil-fueled generators. South Africa has a Ford assembly plant which assembles the ICE Ford Ranger pickup. Ford Ranger Lightning & Thunder electric pickups are coming and I hope that means we can get a locally assembled EV with V2L technology.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest share of power generation from backup/standby generators in the world. 9% of annual electricity consumption in the region comes from backup/standby generators. This is due to the fact that many countries in the region have limited generation capacity and weak and intermittent grids, resulting in regular power outages. This makes V2L technology a necessity in this part of the world rather than a nice feature for the occasional camping trip in other developed markets where the power grid is very reliable.

Since writing these articles I have had several discussions with people from all over the world and also seen some comments on social media saying that V2L is now also important and not just a nice feature. Earlier this week, a perfect example of this came from a urologist in Austin, Texas! In what may be the first vasectomy performed with V2L, Dr. Christopher Yang performed what he called the world’s first Rivian-powered vasectomy. In his tweet, he said: “The electricity in the clinic is out, the patient didn’t want to reschedule the appointment because he was already free. The electrocautery was normal, the procedure went great!”

With the ongoing global energy shortage and skyrocketing energy prices, we should be hearing more of these stories in the near future. The good thing is that there are now quite a few vehicles with V2L technology. Here is a summary of some of them:

Here is a video of one of these vehicles, the BYD Atto 3, in Sydney, Australia showing some V2L action.

BYD is bringing EVs to the world, offering its EV in more markets and new markets where other OEMs are not ready or willing. That means more vehicles with V2L technology like the Atto 3 will reach more markets sooner rather than later.

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