By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
General Electric and Nissan have teamed up to build the smart infrastructure needed to power plug-in electric vehicles.
Consumer energy giant General Electric and automaker Nissan have partnered to research and develop the technology required to build a "smart charging" grid.
The two companies signed a three-year "memorandum of understanding" for the project, which neatly dovetails on Nissan's recent announcement of its all-electric, zero-emission Leaf hatchback, which is scheduled to launch later this year in the United States, Europe and Japan.
"Together with Nissan, we will take a comprehensive look at what technologies will be needed in the car, on the grid and at home or work to make smart charging a reality," said GE Global Research senior VP and director Mark Little in a statement.
There are two areas of interest for the companies: First, the technologies needed to intelligently link electric vehicles with homes and buildings; second, integrating that system with the larger smart grid.
For now, the companies are simply figuring out the specific areas where they can truly collaborate. GE's research will be conducted at its global research operations in Niskayuna, New York; Nissan will get to work primarily at its North American Technical Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Apr 26, 2010
What about a 14 horse power motor that will run a generator to power your and it will run 14 hrs 5 gallons of gas ?
Why do they not put solar panels on cars so when you are at work for 8 hrs or more a day your car will be charging ? or when it sits in your drive way or when you are shopeing even when you are going down the road who cares what is on the roof the trunk or the hood for that mater
The leaf is an idea best left beside the road: The car may be zero emissions but 70% of America?s power comes from coal fired power plants. This auto has a 100 mile range but some decline in mileage is expected as the batteries age. There is no infrastructure of charging stations in place to recharge. Many taxpayers, including myself, resent the federal government subsidizing the $33,000 price of the car to the tune of $7,500 plus and additional $2,000 for a charging station. The government is picking winners and losers! It takes 16 hours to recharge without a charging station and 8 hours with one.
This could be good and I hope they look at all technologies. I was amazed on my first trip to Japan (1965) at a little device that rubbed against the front tires of my bicycle, and provided a head light, tail light, and signal, while I Peddled. Why can't that be incooperated into and automobile?