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

"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
"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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