The next generation of electric vehicles can power tools, appliances and even your home

And, in extreme weather conditions, your electric vehicle can keep you and your family warm and safe.

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We all know the benefits of electric vehicles. They produce zero emissions, they use clean energy (at least here in BC) and their quiet engines reduce noise pollution in our neighborhoods.

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Now, with this latest generation of electric vehicles, an emerging benefit of “going electric” is the ability to take your essential power tools and favorite appliances with you on that road trip. And, in extreme weather conditions, your electric vehicle can keep you and your family warm and safe.

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An increasingly common feature on electric vehicles is something called vehicle-to-charge (or V2L), which offers the ability to plug in everyday items like laptops, coffee makers, toasters, drills electric tools and saws and run them off the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. So on your camping trips you can bring electric air pumps to inflate air mattresses, an espresso machine for that perfect morning cup, and a video projector and popcorn maker for movie night by the fireplace. . Or you can turn your vehicle into a rolling office, complete with power for laptops, a printer and even a photocopier.

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Features that are not so common, but I believe in the coming years will become almost standard on all electric vehicles, are called Vehicle to Home and Vehicle to Grid (V2H and V2G) which allow an EV owner to draw electricity from their vehicle and inject it into their home or feed it back into the power grid. You can even charge another electric vehicle using this technology.

Here’s a look at three all-new electric vehicles that give as well as they get.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

The all-new all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning can power a home in the event of a power outage through a feature called Vehicle to Home (V2H).
The all-new all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning can power a home in the event of a power outage through a feature called Vehicle to Home (V2H). Photo courtesy Ford Canada /PNG

As if the first-ever all-electric F-150 wasn’t a big deal – for the past 56 years, the Ford F-150 has been Canada’s best-selling vehicle – its rugged V2L and V2H capabilities set a new high bar for electric vehicles, vans or others. Ford’s Home Integration System can store 131 kilowatt hours of energy and return up to 9.6 kilowatts of electricity to your home in the event of a power outage. To do this, you will need an integration system installed in your home, costing approximately $6,000 from a vendor yet to be determined by Ford Canada. The average home uses 30 kWh per day, and the F-150 Lightning with Extended Range Battery can provide full power for up to three days, or up to 10 days if power is rationed, with results varying depending on energy consumption.

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Kia EV6 2022

Using something Kia calls the Integrated Charge Control Unit (ICCU), the EV6 is a power source for all types of plug-ins with a 1.9kW output. So you can power everything from personal electronics, like a laptop or phone, a projector on a camping night, a generator or household appliances, and even another electric vehicle in an emergency. There’s a 120V power outlet located in the lower center of the rear seat (this would be an interior V2L, which is a first for Kia), and an exterior V2L located on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. This port has an output power of 1.9 kW and can also support vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging in case of emergency.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Charging vehicle isn’t just an EV thing, as this all-new plug-in hybrid includes the ability to power tools and appliances. But working with Mitsubishi’s Dendo Drive House infrastructure, the Outlander PHEV can store and generate electricity for use by your home. Solar panels mounted on the roof of your house supply energy to a storage battery installed in your garage, and the vehicle plugs into this source to charge or, in the event of a power outage or shortage, feed electricity back into your house. Your home’s electricity is also part of the system, so it’s not solely dependent on solar power. The cost of the two-way system in the United States is approximately US$11,000, but Canadian pricing has not yet been released.

Andrew McCredie is editor of the Vancouver Sun and The Province and host of Postmedia’s Plugged In podcast. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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