On Thursday September 8, 2011 at the Palo Alto Research Center the WCA Smart Grid SIG presented “Electric Vehicles in the Smart Grid.” Former US Secretary of State George Shultz addressed the national security implications of relying on foreign oil, and the need for technological innovation in electric vehicles. John Addison of Clean Fleet moderated panelists Rob Bearman of Better Place, Richard Lowenthal of Coulomb Technologies, Trae Vassallo of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Saul Zambrano of PG&E.
The growth will significantly impact existing infrastructure. Electric vehicles use twice as much energy as the average home per year. The smart grid’s data network makes managing the increasing power demand for electric vehicles possible. It is possible to use your smartphone to monitor, manage and pay for charging vehicles. Outside in the parking lot were two of the latest electric vehicles, a Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
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