Revving Up to Join the Plug-In Vehicle Charge

By James R. Healey
USA Today
04/05/08 4:00 AM PT

As plug-in vehicles inch closer to mainstream use, power companies have begun the task of establishing systems and standards for delivering electricity to motorists needing a recharge. One idea they’re working with is to demand lower prices from owners who will allow their cars to charge overnight during low-demand hours.

In a sign of accelerating progress on plug-in hybrids — the 100 mile per gallon vehicles you can’t yet buy in showrooms — electric utilities quickly are linking with automakers and tech companies to develop “smart-charging” technology that controls when and how fast a vehicle is recharged.

“Smart charging is an essential capability for Duke and all electric utilities as PHEVs (plug-in hybrid vehicles) enter the market,” Duke Energy chief technology officer David Mohler says. “Through this capability, we’re able to reduce stress on the grid during peak periods and keep rates low.”

As if to make the point that plug-ins no longer are exotic experiments, California clean-air regulators last week required automakers to put 58,333 of them on the state’s roads from 2012 through 2014.

That’s the beauty of building an electric car.

‘Green’ transportation start-up wins competition at the world’s premier clean technology investment event.

Keith Morgan, The Province
Published: Friday, February 08, 2008
Fingers crossed, we could all have the choice of driving a plug-in electric vehicle by 2010.

General Motors is promising to produce tens of thousands of its Chevrolet Volt in its first year of production.

You can also expect global rival Toyota to compete with a plug-in version of its popular hybrid electric-gas powered Prius, the icon of green power.

Will it be a smooth takeoff for these revolutionary vehicles, which are projected to cost less than $25,000?

Well, there is a lot of finger-crossing and prayer involved over at GM.

It would appear both companies have their development of a light, high-storage lithium-ion battery on the fast track.

Source: EDN
[Aug 17, 2007]

SYNOPSIS: The EPRI study concludes that PHEVs and the grid—both as it exists now and as it evolves by 2050—will work well together, with the adoption of PHEVs reducing US dependence on petroleum by 90% and reducing greenhouse emissions by 80%.

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