alohart wrote: ↑
Sat May 23, 2020 12:26 pm
Why does a simple door require an electric actuator? There are mechanical latches that alternate between opening and closing with each push. Modern vehicles use far too many electric actuators and motors, many of which will eventually fail.
Many vehicles lock the gas filler door, and BMW does this as well with the charge port. In theory, it helps prevent tampering. While the current models don't support V2G, eventually, that may happen, too, where you could plug in and get power back out of the vehicle. I think that vehicles sold in Japan require that feature, anyway, I think I read that somewhere.
FWIW, California did run a trial with some modified vehicles with V2G, and their recent report indicates that vehicles could provide enough buffer to the grid where that could save everyone some money by negating the need for peaker plants having to come on-line.