Now That’s Power Outage!
for my Ioniq 5
Mark D Larsen
January 27, 2024
One of the features of the Ioniq 5 that really interested me was its ability to serve as a “vehicle-to-load” (V2L) source of power, something that the Model 3 was incapable of emulating. It only seems logical to me that, with such large battery packs in EVs, they could serve as a fantastic backup energy device for homes when and if the grid experiences blackouts. Yes, I have my Powerwalls which already help fulfill that purpose, but they only store 27 kWh of power. However, if fully charged, my Ioniq 5 boasts nearly 3 times that amount of energy, and thus could provide electricity for the basic lights and 120V appliances in our home for several more days in a prolonged power outage.
Hyundai sells V2L adapters for its EVs, and I was sorely tempted to buy one. However, I found that they were out-of-stock and on backorder at various parts suppliers. Moreover, they are fairly expensive, costing as least $250, if not hundreds more. The good news is that other 3rd-party EV firms are also beginning to sell such adapters, and at much more reasonable prices, such as A2Z’s V2L Plug. I ultimately decided to order a Lectron model, which was slightly more expensive but had very positive reviews. It arrived in only two days, and you can see it in the photo at the top of the page.
The Ioniq 5 actually boasts two V2L outlets. One of them uses the adapter by plugging into the charge port outside the vehicle. The other one is inside the car, below the rear seats. They can provide 16 amps of power up to 1.8 kW. Below are photos and descriptions of both.
NOTE: You can click on the following photos to enlarge them, and the movies to play them.
Below the rear seats, in the middle, is a box with a graphic of a plug and a sliding cover. As you can see in this photo, that cover is locked in place, perhaps to protect children from sticking anything into the outlet.
To unlock the cover, you can use the key that comes inside the Ioniq 5's fob. To remove it, you have to press the small black button and pull the key out, as show in this photo.
Here is the key removed from the fob.
I could then use the end of the key to turn the slot on the box to the left and unlock the outlet cover.
Once unlocked, I could slide the cover to the left and gain access to the V2L outlet.
In this photo I've plugged the Lectron V2L adapter into the charge port, ready to pull electricity out of the Ioniq 5 and use it to power other devices.
As an example, in this video I plug a lamp into the adapter, and after a brief pause… it lights up, powered by the Ioniq 5’s battery pack!
I will keep this V2L adapter in the frunk, along with all my other roadtrip charging devices. I dunno if we'll use it in the near future, but I can envision tapping into the Ioniq 5's power when on a picnic or camping someday, once I purchase and install a trailer hitch on the car, like I did on our LEAF and on our Model 3.
Finally, perhaps someday I will install a power inlet near the breaker box on the wall next to the car, like is used with gas-powered generators, similar to what the "Ioniq Guy" has already done to turn his V2L into V2H. That will make it much easier to tap into the Ioniq 5's battery pack for essential lights and appliances.