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The Chevrolet Volt will be used in the pilot project  (Source: inhabitat.com)
General Electric will lease Volts to hundreds of electric company employees, and General Motors' OnStar division will utilize GE technology to test communications between the electric vehicles and the grid

General Motors Co. has partnered with General Electric and regional power companies (who remain unknown for now) to start testing communications between electric cars and the power grid.

The pilot project aims to collect information associated with energy consumption and charging times through the grid, which could eventually lead to better technology for electric vehicles. The Chevrolet Volt will be the guinea pig for this particular project.

GE will lease Volts to hundreds of electric company employees, who are to drive them as their everyday vehicles. These Volts were bought as part of a 12,000-vehicle fleet order in 2010. During this lease period, GM's OnStar division will utilize GE technology to test communications between the electric vehicles and the grid, allowing utilities to monitor energy used by the vehicles and deliver data regarding where and when the cars plug in to power companies.

The first part of the pilot will test new technology that enables utilities to manage energy demands during heavy use periods, reduce these energy demands, and turn power on and off to charging vehicles.

"In contrast to (auto companies) who are only talking about smart grid technology, we're moving beyond research and development projects to a program in the real world," said Nick Pudar, OnStar's vice president of planning and business development. "Through this pilot we will see real-time results on how intelligent energy management can maximize EV charging efficiency and minimize the electric bill for EV drivers."

An exact start date for the program has not been given, but GM noted that this is the first real world test of electric cars and their communications with the smart grid.


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A few problems
By knutjb on 7/20/2011 1:14:50 PM , Rating: 3
With the current admin's crack down on carbon producing power plants, coal in particular, and the unlikely chance of any new nuke plants, not to mention the environmentalist working to take out all hydro power in the Pacific Northwest, stopping the installation of power lines from windmills to consumers in California, this is nothing more than a bad joke getting worse.

If their are no sparks adding electric vehicles in combination with left's irrational demands to cut production when we need more to remain even keel, let alone grow our economy. Some gains can be made from efficiency gains but the only gains I see from them come from shutting off the power grid as though were are suppose to become a third world country.

All I see are delusional greenies thinking they can fix our energy problems by eliminating our energy. No energy no problem. The "smart grid" is just a diversion to sucker the public. Global Utilitarianism at its best!




RE: A few problems
By Shig on 7/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: A few problems
By tng on 7/20/2011 2:01:27 PM , Rating: 3
Actually no, he is right. Ever since the Altimont Wind (the largest in the world for years, may still be) farm was built near my house (over 30 years ago) there have been lawsuit after lawsuit by groups to block power lines from them, protect birds from them, claims they make to much noise, etc....

Also if you want to check facts, check out the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and see how many people want it torn out despite the fact the it and other dams nearby supply almost all of the power for most of Oregon, Washington,Idaho, plus send excess power to California, Montana, Nevada and more.


RE: A few problems
By knutjb on 7/20/2011 2:17:00 PM , Rating: 3
just one of many on coal:http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38091/?p1=A... the link is from MIT

Drilling rigs in the Gulf leaving. Last radio story I heard, CNN I think, 11 left not to return. They cost over $1B and take about 10 years to complete.

NPR on 91.1 in Spokane Wa yesterday between 12 & 1 a guy was describing how to gather and community organize with a goal of removing 1 damn on the Columbia every two years. He never suggested ANY form of replacement.

Rolling blackouts in California last year. They have homes with their AC connected to the grid so the power company can shut them off and they did. PG&E is closing their power plant in San Diego but they are building a new in Mexico to skip Ca's ludicrous rules. No I don't like PG&E.

Maybe you ought to pull your liberal filters out of your ears and listen to what is going on. I pulled out my Republican ones and evaluate everything on its own merits. Skip the political talking points and you will be disturbed by whats going on. All they do is artificially comfort you. Or you can go on in your useful idiot role. Your choice.


RE: A few problems
By wise2u on 7/20/2011 6:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
"unlikely chance of any new nuke plants" ?? please see:

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-06/n...

"Construction of the first Generation III+ reactors is well under way in Europe. China is also in the midst of building at least 30 new plants. In the U.S., the Southern Company recently broke ground on the nation’s first Generation III+ reactors at the Vogtle nuclear plant near Augusta, Georgia. The first of two reactors is due to come online in 2016."

I would recommend this article if you are interested in the future of nuclear power generation.


RE: A few problems
By ClownPuncher on 7/20/2011 6:42:00 PM , Rating: 2
Good link, thanks.


RE: A few problems
By knutjb on 7/21/2011 12:48:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
"unlikely chance of any new nuke plants" ?? please see:
After Japan and along with traditional greenies one or two new plants might happen when we need substantially more. Do you really expect to see new plants getting the go ahead in the next few years?

I would like to see multiple new plants replace old designs but that is unlikely to happen in this climate.

My original point is that this administration is killing off access to any and all energy sources. The main article is a dose of feel good hypocrisy so they can say see look at what we are doing. Bait and switch. They push EVs and plugin Hybrids claiming they're the path to the future while at the same time they are regulating all sources of electricity into oblivion.

There is a lot of time between now and 2016 to thwart said reactor. Environmental Fundamentalist don't function in the real world they live in delusion. They will do whatever they believe they must to save you from yourself even though they despise you for not agreeing with them in the first place.


RE: A few problems
By wise2u on 7/22/2011 5:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not arguing with you, nor am I agreeing. Your comments contain a lot of statements that seem to be personal opinion lacking supporting evidence.

I only supplied a link to an interesting article that might shed a little light on your comment. That article could be used to support or refute your statements depending on how you want to look at it.

I come to this site primarily for the information, not opinion. If I want opinion I can go to FoxNews or Huffington Post depending on which side of the bed I rolled out of.


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