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AeroVironment licenses PNNL EV smart charger controller technology

Green Car Congress

The PNNL technology tells a vehicle’s battery charger when to start and stop charging based upon existing conditions on the electrical grid. has licensed smart charging controller technology developed at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for incorporation into its charging station equipment.

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Smart Charging for EVs: How Does It Work?

EV Connect

To fully acknowledge the importance of smart charging for EVs, it helps to compare it to “dumb charging.” Consider plugging in your cell phone: While it can communicate to you its charge level , the phone is not communicating with the power grid and the charging implement to adapt its power usage.

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Electrifying School Buses


Operation Cost. As with most EVs, the cost of operating a gas-powered vehicle is simply higher than that of operating an electric one. Also, the majority of these vehicles sit unused during the summer when electricity demands are often the highest and take the greatest toll on the power grid.

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Four Factors That Will Impact EV Charging Infrastructure Requirements by 2030


That means a high cost of investment today, with long-term payoff over the next years of EV growth. The grid and the growing power demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Moreover, as McKinsey notes, “few grids can deliver large amounts of electricity to many EVs at high rates at the same time.”