MG ZS EV Vehicle to Load (V2L) DIY Upgrade. Powering your House from an Electric Car.
Hi everyone, in this EV Blog we introduce our lock down Electric Car Australia EV YouTube Video on powering your regular household appliances from your electric car. We showcase our do it yourself (DIY) vehicle to load upgrade of the MG ZS EV. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get out and about recently given the challenges we’re all facing with lockdowns and border closure but it has gave us time to finish a long awaited DIY project we’re been working on with our MG EV.
Vehicle to Load or V2L is all about using and running your normal 240 volt home appliances from your electric car battery. V2L is also perfect for those power outages when you need an immediate onsite emergency electricity source when the grid goes down but you don’t want the toxic exhaust, noise and inconvenience of petrol or diesel generators.
So we done what any sustainability and energy independence advocate who owned an electric car would do, we done a DIY upgrade to our MG ZS EV allowing us to have standard house 240 volt electricity supply wherever we go. We wanted to share our thoughts and experiences do this EV V2L upgrade as we received so many questions from our YouTube channel audience and EV advice customers.
You can watch our MGZSEV EV vehicle to load video HERE (https://youtu.be/kJTBnLXSNes) and please leave your thoughts and comments below in this EV Blog or leave us your feedback in our EV YouTube channel and of course if you’re new to the Electric Car Australia channel and not a Subscriber hit that ‘Subscribe’ button.
The vehicle to load upgrade is not that difficult, is good value for money improving the ZS EV’s practical uses and functionality and we done the entire thing in around an hour. The secret is having the correct gear, right tools and a high quality DC to AC inverter. The inverter is the heart of the upgrade and the most expensive part. The price is heavily dependent on the quality and size of the inverter. We already had one, a Latronics LS Series pure sine wave, but for those that don’t we go through the pricing, brand recommendations and tips and tricks for those people wishing to start a V2L electric car project from scratch.
As well as the DC to AC inverter we show the other bits and pieces required to do the ZS EV vehicle to load upgrade including cables, lugs, fuse and fuse holder as well as the crimping tool to professionally crimp the electrical lugs. We demonstrate what to look out for when you’re buying your electrical lugs as there is a lot of poor quality stuff out there and you definitely don’t want them in your EV project.
The reason we wanted to do the vehicle to load upgrade in our EV is we do a lot of camping and having the additional ability to run small 240 volt appliances from our ZS EV is very handy. It’s also great in an emergency at home if the local grid has a power failure you can keep those basic appliances like fridges, freezers and lights on from your electric car. We’re ok in this regard as we have an old school off grid solar PV and storage system but adding vehicle to load capability to the MG ZS EV provides extra comfort if we had an extended grid outage with overcast or wet weather. Our off grid solar system was also a DIY project and the YouTube video is HERE (https://youtu.be/D9LNcHnNQN4)and we’ve also included a link to that solar EV charging video in the show notes section of this V2G video.
Electric Vehicles are starting to be released with V2L capability included as standard. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 currently being launched includes a normal powerpoint under the back seat with V2L capability and the much anticipated electric version of the most popular ute or pickup in United States of America, the new Ford F150 Lightning will have multiple powerpoint and sockets within the EV ute and some are higher amperage outlets so these will be great for tradies, horse float travelers and general caravanners alike. Unfortunately Ford Australia haven’t committed to bringing the Ford F150 electric ute to Australia at this point so that’s disappointing.
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Ford F150 Lightning – https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/f150-lightning/2022/
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Latronics LS Series pure sinewave Dc to AC Inverters – https://www.latronics.com.au/ls
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