PCT No. PCT/GB92/01435 Sec. 371 Date Jan. 28, 1994 Sec. 102(e) Date Jan. 28, 1994 PCT Filed Aug. 3, 1992 PCT Pub. No. WO93/02887 PCT Pub. Date Feb. 18, 1993A charging system for a battery powered electric vehicle operates bidirectionally for charging the battery or for supplying power back to the utility grid at any selected power factor so that load leveling may be effected. A communications link between the utility and the charging system carries control signals and a control system associated with the charging system is responsive to the signals for controlling the charging rate and direction.