California and DoD Commit $3.75 million to Explore V2G at Los Angeles Air Force Base

Last year the US Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that:

Air Force officials unveiled a plan to establish Los Angeles Air Force Base as the first Federal facility to replace 100% of its general-purpose fleet with Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV’s). This is the start of a broader Department of Defense (DoD) effort toward large-scale integration of PEV’s into its fleet. Lessons learned from this project will help DoD and other agencies understand operational implications of fleet electrification, while demonstrating cutting-edge PEV technologies, such as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems.

Yesterday the California Energy Commission announced that it had:

Unanimously approved funding of more than $15 million to projects that will advance biofuels and electric vehicle research in California.

Amongst other EV projects, some of the funding goes to:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, [which] will receive $1 million as match funding for a $3.75 million project to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology for an all-electric heavy duty non-tactical vehicle fleet at Los Angeles Air Force Base. The fleet vehicles will be used to explore the revenue-generating capability of V2G technology by participating in the California’s electricity markets, where the vehicles can at different times charge from the grid and also discharge energy into the grid to meet demand. The Department of Defense is providing $2.75 million for the project at the lab, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I wonder how much this pilot project will assist the US Navy in avoiding rolling blackouts in California as the summer heats up?

State energy officials say Southern California could be hit by rotating blackouts this summer if a heat wave hits while San Onofre‘s twin reactors remain dark.

BEAMA Publish a Guide to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

In a veritable blizzard of acronyms the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association (BEAMA for short) started their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (BEVIP for short) last year. Last week BEVIP held a conference at The Institute of Physics in London, and all the presentations at that event have now been made available online.

In particular BEAMA have just published their “Guide to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure“, about which they say:

This guidance document presents the position of industry today for the best practice use and application of the electrical infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles. This guide is intended for use by organisations providing advice and guidance to consumers on the day-to-day use of electric vehicle infrastructure.

If you are currently one of the fortunate few in the United Kingdom who use an electric vehicle on a daily basis note in particular that BEAMA do not recommend simply plugging your EV into a “non-dedicated socket outlet” because:

Mode 1 charging without cable-incorporated RCD protection should not be used for the charging of an electric vehicle because RCD protection, which is necessary for a safe charging system, cannot be guaranteed at all outlets.

BEAMA also helpfully provide an illustration of the problem, including the relevant British Standards.

BEAMA don't recommend plugging your EV into the wall without an in-cable RCD

BEAMA don't recommend plugging your EV into the wall without an in-cable RCD

You have been warned! You will also be pleased to hear that there are three safe methods of charging your EV, with dedicated AC charging equipment supporting bi-directional communications (Mode 3) being “the preferred solution in the long term”.

Today Is Smart Grid Day

According to the IEEE Power and Energy Society at least, today is “Smart Grid Day“. The IEEE PES are currently holding their annual Transmission and Distribution conference in Orlando Florida, and they are devoting today’s proceedings to:

A complete smart grid program…. to highlight lessons and identify opportunities as experts reflect upon the most recent smart grid developments.

The schedule for the day doesn’t explicitly mention electric vehicles or vehicle to grid technology, but it does include “Smart Grid Standards: Developments and Gaps” and “The Future of Smart Grid – Technology, Policy, Standards and Consumer Behavior”.

Surely V2G will be mentioned at some point in both those discussions?

IEEE Unveils Transportation Electrification Web Portal

Last month the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced their new Transportation Electrification Initiative, together with the accompanying IEEE Transportation Electrification Web Portal. According to the IEEE:

The IEEE TE Web Portal is intended as a resource for manufacturers, engineers, computer scientists, researchers, policymakers, educators, academics, and governments, as well as consumers and other stakeholders interested in learning about various aspects of transportation electrification.

which covers a non trivial percentage of the population of the planet!  The IEEE then goes on to itemise the resources they intend to make available:

The IEEE TE Web Portal is the go-to source for articles and technical publications related to transportation electrification. It is also a dedicated resource for news items on the latest TE developments happening around the world; updates on standards and standards projects; and educational conferences and events. Additionally, it offers a roster of companies, universities, government institutions, IEEE Societies, and industry associations essential to the development and deployment of electric vehicles and electrified transportation.

All in all a treasure trove for those of us:

Drawn together with one common passion; to make Transportation Electrification a reality.

As one example of the sort of educational material the IEEE is making available through their new portal, here’s a brief video on the topic of “Hybrid and Plug-In Vehicle Systems”:

Will that be sufficient to persuade you to join the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and/or purchase the VTS video lecture being advertised?

VMS Becomes V2G

Our first piece of news on our shiny new website!

It’s been many years since we changed our name, but now we’ve gone and done it again.

Earlier today VMS morphed into V2G. Vehicle Management Software Ltd. is now officially known as V2G Limited.