Vehicle-grid integration (VGI) refers to technologies, policies, and strategies for electric vehicle (EV) charging which alter the time, power level, or location of the charging (or discharging) in a manner that benefits the grid while still meeting drivers’ mobility needs. Examples of VGI include managed charging (also known as V1G or smart charging) and bidirectional charging (including vehicle-to-home [V2H] and vehicle-to-grid [V2G]). VGI is a key tool for achieving California’s decarbonization and electric vehicle adoption goals.

In 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-16-12, setting a target of getting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2025. To help achieve this goal, an interagency working group on ZEVs developed the 2012 ZEV Action Plan, which identified activities to advance California's ZEV goals—including the development of the 2014 California VGI Roadmap. Following the publication of the 2014 VGI Roadmap, state agencies addressed many of the recommended actions outlined in the Roadmap in various working groups, proceedings, reports, and other venues.

In 2020, Governor Gain Newsom issued Executive Order N-79-20, setting targets for 100 percent of vehicle sales or operations for multiple vehicle types to be zero-emission by 2035 or 2045. To responsibly integrate these vehicles into California’s electricity system, the CEC continues to prepare for widespread VGI through funding solicitations, planning and analysis, reporting, and EV charger deployment block grants.

  • GFO-21-303 - Vehicle-to-Building Technologies for Resilient Backup Power
  • RFP-21-601 - Vehicle Interoperability Testing Symposium (VOLTS)
  • GFO-20-610 - Vehicle-Grid Innovation Lab (ViGIL)
  • GFO-20-605 - BESTFIT Innovative Charging Solutions

Upcoming Events

June 14, 2023 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access or In-Person
The California Energy Commission (CEC) and ElaadNL will host a joint hybrid workshop to discuss public key infrastructure (PKI) and governance for electric vehicle (EV) charging.

Past Events

1 - 10 of 18 events
May 31, 2023 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Remote Access Only
May 9, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Remote Access Only
May 5, 2023 | 09:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Remote Access Only
April 19, 2023 | 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Remote Access Only
March 27, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only
March 23, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only
February 8, 2023 | 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Remote Access Only
September 13, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only
July 28, 2022 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only


Kiel Pratt

Media and Public Communications Office


Vehicle-Grid Integration