The Southeast hasn't appeared is as many renewable energy headlines as other parts of the country, but the region will be the first to test smart charging of plug-in hybrid vehicles among multiple utility companies.
Duke Energy and Progress Energy have teamed up with V2Green for the trial that will assess the potential of using the grid to power plug-in vehicles. Non-profit Advanced Energy will oversee the trial that will use 12 converted Toyota Priuses.
Each Prius will have a V2Green Connectivity Module installed that allows communication between the car and the grid, allowing the needs of both to be met. The software will make use of solar or wind power when available and during peak hours, will delay or slow charging.
The companies hope that the trial, which will deploy vehicles in North Carolina and Florida, will lead to better infrastructure, enabling widespread use of electric vehicles.
The need for better charging solutions for electric cars has made headlines recently and stands to hinder the progress being made in the auto industry. This trial could work out some of the problems and serve as an example for the rest of the country.
written by Doc, November 05, 2008
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