Next generation smart charging software to support largest U.S. electric vehicle deployment


Peter L. Corsell,
CEO, GridPoint
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 13, 2009 – The next-generation electric vehicle management software, Smart Charging 3.0, is to support the largest U.S. deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, smart grid software provider GridPoint has announced.

Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality was awarded nearly $100 million in stimulus funding last week to deploy charging infrastructure and advance the adoption of electric vehicles (see $100 million for electric vehicle deployment in U.S.).

GridPoint, which joins Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Nissan North America as strategic partners, as well as other project participants, has been working for over a year with eTec on electric vehicle performance and fast-charge systems.
GridPoint will provide smart charging and data logging capabilities to utilities in strategic markets of the eTec program in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington that will support the deployment of up to 5,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles and a network of up to 12,750 charging stations. The software will give utilities the ability to deploy load shifting, load shaping, renewables integration and demand response strategies. Advanced smart charging capabilities, such as synchronization with the availability of renewable energy, may also be explored.

To date, utility-led smart charging trials have been limited by the availability of grid-connected vehicles. The size and scope of this project creates a unique and valuable opportunity to assess and qualify issues including the effects of a mature plug-in electric vehicle environment, with and without smart charging, on multiple electrical grids, and the benefits of smart charging on grid reliability to inform utility, PUC and regulator decision making on vehicle-related rate schedules. Customer satisfaction and perception of various smart charging scenarios also can be tested, as can incentive programs to ensure maximum participation in smart charging programs.

“GridPoint is delighted to participate in eTec’s groundbreaking project and applauds our country’s commitment to support the creation of an intelligent electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Peter L. Corsell, CEO of GridPoint. “Our advanced software capabilities will help utilities prepare the grid for the imminent arrival of plug-in vehicles.”

GridPoint’s smart charging software manages the flow of electricity to plug-in vehicles and charging stations, allowing utilities to balance real-time grid conditions with the needs of individual drivers. Smart Charging 3.0 builds on the company’s experience to deliver functionalities including forecasting and backcasting and demand response, and an enhanced smart charging portal design.