A Novel V2V Charging Method Addressing the Last Mile Connectivity


One of the main drawbacks in adopting EV vehicles is the last mile connectivity issue. There is always a chance that the user/rider may get stranded without EV charge and no EV charging stations nearby. With the aim of solving such an exigency, this paper proposes a novel V2V charging technique which allows charge transfer between two EVs off the grid, and discusses its modes of operation. Non-isolated bidirectional DC-DC converters with average current control technique are simulated in a MATLAB/Simulink environment to verify and validate the efficiency and charging time for the proposed charging technique.


  1. V2V charging
  2. Bi-directional converter
  3. Pricing strategy



Figure 1: Block diagram of V2V technology


Figure 2: SOC% plots where higher SOC battery is charging and lower SOC battery is discharging

Figure 3: SOC% plots where higher SOC battery is discharging and lower SOC battery is charging


A V2V charging scheme is proposed to synchronize the charging between two electric vehicles. This is particularly needed when an EV user is left stranded without battery charge and with no access to EV charging station. In this scenario, the proposed model allows another EV user to assist the stranded EV by charging from his EV thus solving last mile connectivity issues. The proposed model consists of a dual converter in the electric vehicle which enables fast DC charging or discharging. Extensive MATLAB simulation results on the model proves that the proposed work is capable of charging an EV from another under average current control method. The efficiency, SOC status and charging time for the proposed method is also analyzed. From the analysis it is evident that as the SOC difference increases the efficiency obtained also increases. To reduce the charging time and to enhance the efficiency average current control method is simulated and analyzed. The results obtained are presented and the results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed work.

V2V energy transfers which were reported in the earlier literature uses the concept of connected ad-hoc networks present in parking lots etc., where the vehicles parked in the parking lot are used for energy transfer through a connected bus in the parking lot itself. The term ‘novel’ has been used here as the issue of EV being left stranded without battery charge and with no access to charging station is not addressed anywhere in the literature and also the technique of using cascaded bi-directional converters for charging one vehicle from the other vehicle adds novelty to the V2V energy transfer. Cascaded Bidirectional converters can even facilitate the charge transfer when the electric vehicles battery voltage levels are different, that’s why cascaded converters has been employed.


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