With announced EV models multiplying fast, the next big challenge is to scale-up the national charging infrastructure and ensure grid readiness. The energy requirements for electric vehicles will challenge the current power grid as plug-in vehicle counts continue to grow to an expected 2.9 million worldwide by 2017. This is why the smarter charging project between IBM, Honda Motors and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is so important. By allowing communication between the EV and the power grid, energy providers will have visibility into charging patterns which in turn, allow them to more effectively manage charging during peak hours – easing stress on the power grid.
May 14, 2012
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