It seems that Audi is not going to let its rival automakers such as Tesla and BMW corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is currently on the process of testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help the user’s home minimize the use of the electrical grid but just happens. The result is, as Audi says, is a “virtual power plant” where households feed power into the grid collectively and help balance the overall consumption.
The trial is only limited to both Audi’s home of Ingolstadt as well as the area of Zurich. There is no mention of how long the said testing will run or how likely the pilot will expand.
The said strategy is considered to be a logical one for companies that are making deeper commitments to electric vehicles. It is easier for Audi to sell users on the concept of an EV if it can pledge to lower the power bill of users in the long run. Also, this makes the most of the work of the VW brand on batteries — it can experiment beyond selling cars and ensure that the batteries that the company makes find customers. It just happens that this can both save the users some money and, possibly, help the environment during the process.