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IBM, Honda and PG&E Collaborate on Smart EV Charging #cars #energy #cleantech

IBM, Honda and PG&E Collaborate on Smart EV Charging #cars #energy #cleantech

The whole process will be performed in the cloud, where both grid and vehicle data will be combined to produce a charging schedule. The schedule is then immediately communicated back to the vehicle, giving the driver his optimal choices. Presumably, if the driver selects a different schedule, he might have to pay a higher rate.In this way, the electric vehicles in a given utility’s service area can combine to form one giant battery, that could be used to capture and store power from transient renewables, while at the same time, allowing the utility a certain amount of leeway in managing demand, since many, if not most customers will have enough flexibility in their day to accept the recommended charging schedule, which will be steering them away from periods of peak load. Of course, for this to work, the customer will also need to know how soon he would need the car and ho...

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