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Aug 27, 2012, 06:32 AM
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Toyota and Duke collaborate on Prius plug-in test

Duke Energy Corp. and Toyota are joining up with non-profit Energy Systems Network in Indiana to produce a standard language for plug-in automobiles and charging stops to talk to the power grid. Have you been looking to purchase or sell a new or used automobile? If this could be you, have a look at Gus Johnson Ford! Want to know find out more about Gus Johnson Ford? Look at this dealer!

Answering a list of questions

The collaboration is meant to check conversation standards that the Society of Automotive Engineers developed. Concerns will be resolved such as: How will the power grid be impacted by the interaction? How will hybrids be impacted by charges from power businesses?

Five workers involved

In order to do the test, five employees at Duke will be given Priuses that they will be anticipated to drive regularly. The employees will get free gateway conversation systems and home charging stations with the vehicles. They will be anticipated to drive in Indianapolis with the vehicles.

More than a per-vehicle calculator of power charges, the charging system will give a ton of data for infrastructure for the vehicles. With an online application, the system will even make it possible to pick brand new charging strategies to save cash, such as only charging on off-hours when the cost is less.

Doing it in Indianapolis

Starting in 2013, the program will begin in the Indianapolis area. This is because there are over 100 vehicle charging systems in the Indianapolis area after the Energy Systems Network’s ‘Project Plug-IN’ was completed.

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Paul Mitchell is the CEO of Energy Systems Network. He said:

Through Project Plug-IN, the Indianapolis region has been a national leader in the deployment and monitoring of plug-in vehicles with typical consumers, gathering data and taking steps towards making the 'electric commute' a truly practical alternative for more Americans. We're pleased to extend this effort through the partnership with Toyota and Duke Energy, to help our vehicles, charging infrastructure and utilities speak the same language for the benefit of consumers.

Indiana Commerce Secretary Daniel Hasler explained that over 5,000 engineers a year graduate in the state. It is second only to Michigan for vehicle manufacturing also since there are plants in the state for Subaru, General Motors, Toyota and Honda.

Future of cars

Toyota and Duke will get the most out of the effort, though all electric and hybrids will be able to benefit from the data.

Toyota Technical Center vice president Edward Mantey explained:

Smart charging through two-way communication with utilities will not only be a benefit to the customers but is crucial for the promotion of transportation electrification.


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