January 30, 08
V2Green to Start Testing Smart Vehicle-to-Grid System

Austin Energy announced today that the public utility will conduct a pilot to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Fielding two plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) equipped with charging management technology from Seattle-based V2Green, Austin Energy will assess the potential of PHEVs to maximize the use of renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and positively impact the operation of a smarter electrical grid.

A V2Green Connectivity Module (VCM) will be installed in each test vehicle to establish two-way communication with the grid, and V2Green’s server software will be used to control the timing and extent to which the vehicles are charged. The ability to adaptively reduce or increase charging to match grid requirements will allow Austin Energy to minimize spikes in demand while capitalizing on the availability of renewable energy sources, such as the wind power that flows predominately from West Texas overnight, powering the utility’s GreenChoice® program. The V2Green SystemTM also will collect and aggregate field data from the pilot project for analysis.

The City of Austin, through Austin Energy, is leading a nationwide campaign meant to demonstrate to automakers that sufficient demand now supports mass production of PHEVs. Austin Energy reports more than 100 cities and counties have joined the initiative.

“Austin Energy is nationally recognized for its advocacy of plug-in vehicles and this Smart Charging pilot is another example of their leadership,” said John Clark, chief executive officer of V2Green. “As part of a smart grid solution, charging management technology facilitates the increased use of renewable energy, reduces utility operating costs and, best of all, allows us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our reliance on foreign oil.”