With plug-in vehicles on track to create a revolution in the auto industry, the race is on to build a smart-charging infrastructure that can support the millions of cars that one day will be plugging in. It’s why GE and Nissan today announced that they’re teaming up in a three-year Memorandum of Understanding to research new technologies that will be needed in the car, on the grid and at home or work to make smart charging a reality. Simply put, smart charging is the ability to control how the grid delivers electric power to a vehicle — at what time of the day and at what rate. For example, if drivers want to charge their cars when the price of electricity is lower, smart charging would automatically give them the ability to do that.
For the launch of the agreement, GE and Nissan have outlined two key areas for potential collaborations. The first relates to the integration of electric vehicles with homes and buildings. The second focuses on electric vehicle charging dynamics with the larger electric grid. The research team says the combined expertise will give them a full picture — from energy generation to the vehicle itself — of what it will take to make the grid ready.