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California considers using EVs to help power electric grid

A new California bill would turn electric vehicles into a backup power supply for the state’s troubled grid. But experts say the idea — while promising — still has some technological hurdles to overcome. And they warn that mandates such as the one prescribed in the California measure could increase the cost of electric vehicles.

Under the proposal put forward by Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner, all new electric vehicles sold in California starting in 2027 would need the ability to both store and send power. Her measure passed out of a Senate committee this week after clearing another committee last week. Dozens of environmental, health and community groups support it, while the largest automakers’ trade group opposes it.


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