Another heavy preparing for Peak-Oil with a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle study on grid interaction.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- March 27, 2008
2008 FEH PHEV in Detroit fueled by both the pump and the grid. With a charged pack, the gasoline engine rarely operates in urban areas resulting in FE greater than 100 mpg.
PALO ALTO, CA. – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Ford Motor Company today announced a three year agreement to develop and evaluate technical approaches for integrating PHEVs into the nation’s electrical grid system, a key requirement to facilitate widespread adoption of the vehicles.
Besides collecting hard data on the PHEV’s power requirements and current draw from the grid at various times throughout the day and night, the study will also consider Vehicle to Grid (V2G) utilization wherein the excess power stored in the PHEV’s pack can be sold back to the power company for grid stabilization when the vehicle is not in use for actual transport.
EPRI will work with utilities in the New York-New Jersey area that will test OEM supplied Ford Escape PHEVs. Subsequent trials will include actual customers of the participating utilities.
Ford, which is already working with Southern California Edison (SCE), is the first automotive manufacturer to partner with the utility industry to facilitate advancing PHEVs. The new EPRI-Ford program will build on the ongoing Ford-SCE partnership and help determine regional differences in how the operation of PHEVs will impact the electric grid system.
Ford has designed 20 OEM Escape PHEVs for testing in the Los Angeles area under the Ford-SCE partnership. With this new EPRI-Ford agreement, Ford is able to expand the evaluation and demonstration program to include other utilities.
“EPRI brings our collaborative efforts related to the potential of plug-in electric vehicle technology to a new level,” said Nancy Gioia, director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies at Ford. “PHEVs have great promise, but still face significant obstacles to commercialization, including battery costs and charging strategies. Ultimately such vehicles must provide real value to consumers.”
PHEVs can play a significant role in achieving two key objectives for the nation including future energy security and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. They could also lower fuel costs and lead to more cost-effective use of the nation’s electricity grid, particularly during off-peak hours.
EPRI, Ford and SCE’s analysis will include data from four areas: battery technology, vehicle systems, customer usage, and grid infrastructure. The analysis will also explore stationary and secondary usages for advanced batteries as described in the V2G usage description.