Saturday, 15 February 2014

Smart charging your EV is the future

A new study by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that electric car owners can cut costs if they let the supplier decide when to charge their vehicles.

The study found that allowing the power grid to control charging is more beneficial than charging the vehicles during peak electricity times.

That way the supplier can smooth out the demand for charging overnight while you’re not using the vehicle.

The supplier will have the option to use less expensive power generation options offereing you a saving

This would require electric car owners to surrender some control over when they charge their vehicles.

would you accept cheaper running cost for giving the supplier a little bit of that flexibility?

Controlled charging could also reduce the demand during times of less wind generation, which would make renewable energy sources a lot more attractive.

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