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The Chevrolet Volt will be used in the pilot project  (Source:
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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RE: A few problems
By Shig on 7/20/2011 1:41:51 PM , Rating: 0
Speculative post with 0 actual facts and rhetoric bashing, well done.

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: 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.

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