AeroVironment licenses PNNL EV smart charger controller technology

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The PNNL technology tells a vehicle’s battery charger when to start and stop charging based upon existing conditions on the electrical grid. If an unexpected event on the grid causes a rapid drop in the AC frequency, the charging system will stop charging, providing a grid “shock absorber.”

IBM Teams With ESB ecars to develop EV smart charging IT system in Ireland

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Together the companies will add a layer of intelligence and convenience to the charging process, allowing EV drivers to access, charge and pay, using an identification card. Additionally, this project will provide utilities with access to energy usage data that can help improve smart grid operations, reduce power strain during peak charging times, and ensure reliable energy distribution to customers.