• Smart Grid and Plug-in Vehicles

    Solar Powered Vehicle Charging Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

    Source: SmartGrid.gov

    When connected to a "smart grid," plug-in vehicles may be charged at a lower cost and with cleaner energy such as solar and/or wind. This is done through the advanced technologies and networking used in a smart grid. For example, an owner may program their vehicle to be fully charged at a specific time in the morning. A smart grid will intelligently charge the car when power demands are low and renewable energy production is high. There is also talk among energy companies to create incentives for customers to integrate their vehicle’s battery as a source to power the grid during high power demand or blackouts.  

    For more information on the Smart Grid, browse our Resource Library and visit the following sites/links:

    EV Charging Station Locator 

    Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Grid Integration 

    US Dept. of Energy Smart Grid Page 

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

    David Anderson, Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office
    discussing the SMART Mobility Initiative for energy efficient mobility systems.


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