Technology company Wallbox has announced it is working with Kia America to offer bidirectional charging to Kia EV9 customers.

The two firms plan to offer Wallbox’s second generation DC bidirectional charger, Quasar 2 to EV9 customers in the H1 2024.

It is anticipated that Quasar 2 will be the first EV charger to allow bidirectional charging with the Kia EV9.

Enric Asunción, CEO and co-founder of Wallbox said: “Bidirectional charging can offer long term benefits to users, grid operators, utilities and will accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources.”

The Quasar 2 is a 11.5kW bidirectional charger that will allow EV owners to charge and discharge their electric vehicle to power their home, vehicle-to-home or send energy back to the grid, vehicle-to-grid.

The EV9 is Kia’s flagship SUV, which started its first deliveries earlier this year.  Final testing was completed in 2022, which the automaker said had been developed over a period of 44 months.