Intelligent Software for the Urban Electric Vehicles Problem

By eweek  |  Posted 2011-02-24 Email

As plug-in electric cars like the Nissan LEAF become more popular, there will be many cars driven into city parking garages during the day that will need charging. Unlike charging cars at home at night, when electricity use is low, these cars will need electricity during peak power demand periods. One way to address these potential problems is to use a combination of intelligent software and grid modernization. The idea involves smart meters gathering real-time information about charging, analyze the charging load distribution throughout a city, and then using additional intelligence to balance loads across geographically dispersed substations.

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