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ClipperCreek’s New EV Charger, Pedestal

October 22, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New 24-Amp Unit and a Low-Cost Pedestal for Easier Installations,
Separately, Emotorwerks Is Using HCS-40 Charger for Connectivity

ClipperCreek is promoting a new 24-amp, Level 2 electric vehicle charger, and an economical pedestal designed to make it easier to install both high- and lower-power units.

IET Book Details Potential of V2G

August 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Electric Vehicles Could ‘Provide Substantial Storage to a City’s Grid’

Virginia’s Stylus Publishing is promoting the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Vehicle-to-Grid: Linking Electric Vehicles to the Smart Grid.

IET’s 312-page Vehicle-to-Grid, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, explores the connection between the stationary electric power grid and plug-in electric vehicle power storage.

IET’s 312-page Vehicle-to-Grid, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, explores the connection between the stationary electric power grid and plug-in electric vehicle power storage. Click here or image to order.

The new book, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, “provides an integrated treatment of smart grid using electric vehicles by exploring the connection between the stationary grid and PEV power storage.”

“Plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to provide substantial storage to a city’s grid, a key component in mitigating intermittency issues of power sources,” states a release.

The 312-page volume covers

  • the impact of PEVs and V2G on smart grid and renewable energy systems;
  • distributed energy resource with PEV battery energy storage in the smart grid;
  • power conversion technology in smart grid and PEVs;
  • power control and monitoring of smart grid with PEVs;
  • PEV charging technologies and V2G on distributed energy resources
  • utility interfaces; and
  • economic, social and environmental dimensions of PEVs in the smart grid.

IET’s Vehicle-to-Grid is priced at $130.00.

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Source: Stylus Publishing/IET with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Phoenix for the Navy at Port Hueneme

April 21, 2015 in EVs, Fleet Order, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Electric ‘Zeus’ Flatbed Features Vehicle-to-Grid Capability

Phoenix Motorcars reports delivery of a V2G-capable “Zeus” battery truck to the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. The full-sized flatbed truck will be used as a service vehicle to transport supplies and equipment for facilities maintenance at Port Hueneme and nearby Point Mugu, Phoenix says.

Phoenix Motorcars battery-electric truck for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif.

Phoenix Motorcars V2G-capable battery-electric flatbed for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. NavFac is the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Zeus stands for zero emissions utility shuttle.

The vehicle is equipped for V2G, vehicle-to-grid charging, meaning it can direct power both to and from the electric grid. Thus the truck “will serve as a low-cost mobile power source, and an outlet to increase energy security.”

ONR Funding

The project was funded by ESTEP, the Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program in the Office of Naval Research.

The vehicle features single-charge range of about 100 miles, Phoenix says.

Phoenix recently delivered to the first of four Zeus trucks to JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Southern California (F&F, April 3).

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Source: Phoenix Motorcars with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CEC Backs EV Grid Integration Work

December 22, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$4 Million Available, Workshop Slated for January 7,
Projects Will Further Application of V2G Technology

The California Energy Commission, citing the state’s goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025, is offering to fund Applied Research and Development projects “that will advance technologies and strategies for smart and efficient charging and vehicle-to-grid communication interfaces that will provide maximum benefits to both the electricity grid and the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.”

V2G Fleet Unveiled by the U.S. Air Force

November 17, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Largest Vehicle-to-Grid Project in the Country’ Feted at Los Angeles AFB

The U.S. Air Force and California Energy Commission celebrated deployment of a long-awaited fleet of 42 mostly V2G-capable vehicles at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Friday. By letting charged EVs give electricity back to the grid when needed, vehicle-to-grid technology allows the fleet “to provide more than 700 kilowatts of power to the grid, sufficient power for more than 140 American homes,” the Air Force says, talking up V2G as a way to both save money and enhance security. updated November 18

CGI for V2G-Capable All-Battery Buses

July 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Studies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Is to Build Six Demo Vehicles as Part of CEC-Backed
Clinton Global Initiative-America and National Strategies Program

The California Energy Commission is supporting a project led by Washington, D.C.-based National Strategies to build six battery electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability, and deploy them with three California school districts. The V2G-capable buses will be built by San Diego-based heavy duty electric drive specialist TransPower.


Princeton’s GTIB-30 for LAAFB V2G Trials

July 11, 2014 in EVs, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Concurrent Picks UL-Certified Bi-Directional Multi-Port Inverter

New Jersey’s Princeton Power Systems is talking up selection of its GTIB-30, a UL-certified, bi-directional multi-port inverter, as the basis for charging stations for the Pentagon’s vehicle-to-grid trials at LAAFB, the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

PrincetonPower-logoThe Pentagon recently clarified plans for initial V2G tests at four military bases, with LAAFB prominent among them (F&F, June 3).

V2G allows for the electric grid to be able to draw on the energy stored in multiple electric vehicles in times of peak demand. Put another way, “It is intended that ancillary service driven cost reduction and revenue will partially offset EV fleet lease expense with the potential to improving energy security on base,” according to a Princeton Power release.

‘A Vital Role’

Concurrent Technologies Corp, Princeton explains, “is responsible for overall execution of the LAAFB effort… Working directly with electric vehicle OEMs and third-party fleet-management software aggregators, Princeton Power played a vital role in developing the ground-breaking solution in order to compete in the electrical utility ancillary service markets.

V2G is a relatively simple concept, but complex in its execution, requiring the active participation of and cooperation between numerous organizations and the coordination of complex technologies and software.

Princeton Power's GTIB-30

Princeton Power’s GTIB-30

“During typical usage,” Princeton explains, “the charging stations will charge the electric vehicles directly from the local utility grid enabling LAAFB personnel to utilize the electric vehicles as transportation within the base.

“When called upon, and when connected to the electric vehicle, the bi-directional charging station will switch power flow directions quickly in order to support vehicle-to-grid energy request by discharging the electric vehicle’s on-board battery.”

‘Just the First Step’

Princeton Power’s “experience with microgrid systems and bi-directional inverters is key for the long term success of this project,” CTC’s Clark Boriack says in Princeton’s LAAFB announcement. “LAAFB will be DoD’s first deployment of bidirectional inverters used for electric vehicle fast charging on such a scale; as well as a major milestone for the company’s push into the electric vehicle bi-directional DC fast-charging station application space,” Boriack said.

“This is just the first step towards deploying our electric vehicle DC-fast chargers across the nation. We will be helping push the electric vehicle frontier by making it feasible for drivers who work or visit to charge their cars without taking large amounts of time out of their day,” said Princeton Power co-founder and chief strategy officer Darren Hammell.

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Source: Princeton Power Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

California Funding for V2G Demo Fleets

July 5, 2014 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$2 Million to Demonstrate Smart and Bi-Directional Charging

The California Energy Commission is offering $2 million to demonstrate smart and bi-directional charging of grid-liked electric vehicles. It’s part of a $7 million initiative, Demonstrating Secure, Reliable Microgrids and Grid-Linked Electric Vehicles to Build Resilient, Low-Carbon Facilities and Communities.

CEC-logoAccording to CEC’s (program opportunity notice) PON-14-301, the three-year projects “will advance the integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with the electric grid and with buildings, and will validate the economics of actively managed ‘smart’ one-way charging (SC), vehicle-to-grid (V2G), and/or vehicle-to-building (V2B) use cases….

“Projects must demonstrate SC, V2G, and/or V2B capability at facilities located in IOU (investor-owned utility) territories,” the agency says.

Single-Owner Fleets Preferred

“It is easier to validate the economics of subject technologies in demonstrations involving PEV fleets with a single owner,” notes the solicitation.

PON-14-301 demonstration fleets may be either public or private. CEC wants them to have either a minimum electricity storage capability of 500 kilowatt-hours or consist of six or more PEVs with a minimum combined capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours.

The PEVs should connect via “forward-compatible” chargers “to ensure that investments at demonstration sites yield the greatest value and are not subject to retrofits in the near future.”

End-of-July Workshop in Sacramento

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 25% of the requested funds.

CEC will host a pre-application workshop for PON-14-301 at its Sacramento headquarters on July 29. The agency will accept written questions on the program until August 1, and expects to answer them during the week of August 25.

CEC has set November 3 as the deadline for PON-14-301 proposals to be submitted. Awards will be posted in January with work to start in May 2015 and continue through March 2018.

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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Pentagon Testing 72 V2G Vehicles

June 3, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

Honda Accord for NRG-UDel V2G

December 16, 2013 in EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Honda Supplies Accord Plug-In Hybrid for Vehicle-to-Grid Demo

Honda has joined in the development of vehicle-to-grid technology with partners including NRG Energy and the University of Delaware. V2G advocates would like to see electric vehicles and their capacious batteries placed at the disposal of utilities when the EVs are idle and electricity demand is high.

Boulder Updates Truck V2G Work

September 14, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Successful Demos Reported in Michigan, Colorado, California

Boulder Electric Vehicle says it’s successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid power swaps on its all-electric trucks in Michigan, Colorado and California.

UQM Three Years for Boulder

July 17, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Delivery Van for UPS and for Pentagon’s SPIDERS Program

Colorado’s UQM Technologies this morning disclosed a three-year supply agreement with neighboring Boulder Electric Vehicle for electric motors and controllers for all-electric trucks, including delivery vans for UPS and for work in connection with the Department of Defense SPIDERS grid security program.

Boulder for V2G: ‘First Time’ in a Truck

June 30, 2013 in EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Firm Claims the First V2G for Battery Trucks

Boulder Electric Vehicle chose last week’s ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C. to talk up a demonstration of bi-directional DC fast charging with Michigan’s Coritech Services. The test, Bouldersays, makes it “the first electric truck company ever to successfully implement Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging.”

‘We Got a Check,’ Says EV Grid

April 25, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mini E Batteries Yield Grid Gold from V2G Project in Delaware

Backers of vehicle-to-grid technology – which can put electric vehicle batteries in service to electric utilities, thereby increasing their value – report that for the first time, “batteries in road-going cars have been used to provide revenue generating ancillary services for the power grid.” updated April 26

IPC Shows V2G at NREL

October 16, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technology Shown in Conjunction with Toyota Event

Austin, Texas-based Ideal Power Converters is taking the occasion of this week’s Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar to demonstrate its vehicle-to-grid capabilities, and its bi-directional Battery Converter unit, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

EVGrid Would Turn EVs into Assets

June 28, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California’s EVGrid, a startup founded by ex-AC Propulsion chief Tom Gage, is targeting the third quarter for an East Coast test of approximately 30 battery electric cars able to not only draw power from the electrical grid, but give it back in times of need.

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