So let’s talk plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and the smart grid. Silver Spring Networks, a Smart Grid software company has got their hands on a 2012 prototype Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). Yet, what is a PHEV? A PHEV is taking a Ford Fusion or C-MAX hybrid or the Energi brand. Now take a Toyota Prius (for example) and convert or buy the plugin to become a partial electric car. So, the car turns on EV for up to say 40 to 50 or 60 miles per hour and then goes hybrid mode, equaling 100-250 miles per gallon.
This could be big if we are commuters using mass transit or even stuck on the Brooklyn / Queens Expressway (otherwise known as theBQE). PHEV andSmartGrid Demonstration Program – Silver Spring To Test Real Time Smart Grid For Selling Power Back To GridPHEV or even Electric CARS (EV) at the train station in a city to charge up at night can add load leveling which helps the electric grid. So when you charge your electric car at night, it’s like a solar panel does reversing the meter backwards. Then the electric company pays you (versus the lovely way it isright now!).
Silicon Valley Is All In On This Idea! Look 8,000 Cars = 1 MW of Power! Yup, if you take 8,000 cars and connect them to the grid, you can create about 1 megawatt (1 MW) of power. With all the cars we have in this country, we can get off of oil like a bad habit. While the Toyota Prius becomes a plug in hybrid electric vehicle, there are several other hybrid cars that SHOULD become a plug-in or a PHEV too. Here are the top 5 cars:
1. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid electric vehicle. If you drive around town the mileage increases from the measly 41 miles per gallon it can become 220 miles per gallon.