Initial Dozens Could Lead to Thousands of Grid-Connected EVs
The U.S. Department of Defense is deploying several dozen battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles around the country, with a view to demonstrating how V2G – vehicle-to-grid – technology can help take the strain off of the electric grid during peak hours by utilizing the vehicles’ batteries.
As a military endeavor, V2G can also improve national security. V2G-capable electric vehicles, says DoD program director Camron Gorguinpour, “can act as mobile distributed energy resources to optimize existing generator efficiencies and provide spot power to locations not typically identified as mission critical.”
The program, following several modifications, is kicking off with deployment of five dozen vehicles at four military installations: the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Fort Hood in Texas, Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C. and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
Evaos, Nissan, Via, EVI and Phoenix
Eventually, the program could expend to as many as 1,500 PHEVs at as many as 30 installations.
Evaos, a new developer of Ford pickup-based extended range hybrid EVs (F&F, April 8) is to supply 32 PHEVs, Nissan is to supply 22 pure battery electric Nissan Leaf cars, Via Motors is to supply 13 range-extended electric vans, Electric Vehicles International is to supply four range-extended electric trucks based on the Ford F-550 chassis, and Phoenix Motorcars is to supply one fully battery electric vehicle.
Coritech and Princeton Power Systems are providing charging stations, Gorguinpour says, while the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is developing the program’s software. In addition, Gorguinpour told F&F this week, the California Energy Commission has approved funding for LBNL and Pacific Gas & Electric to launch an additional V2G demonstration at the Mountain View Army Reserve Center, near Moffett Field outside San Jose.
Heavy Duty Electronics
Southern California Edison is participating in the program via the Los Angeles AFB.
Austin, Texas-based Ideal Power noted last month that it has an order from Coritech for ten of its 30-kilowatt Power Packet Switching Architecture-enabled battery converters for the Pentagon’s V2G program. Ideal cited a study indicating that more than 250,000 V2G-enabled EVs will be sold worldwide through 2022.
Princeton Power, for its part, late last month announced availability of the 250-kilowatt BIGI-250, a battery-integrated inverter designed to help integrate energy storage into the grid.
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