Smart Grid solution enables GridSmartCity(TM) electric vehicle fleet integration


Mark Munday,
President & CEO,
Elster Solutions
April 22, 2010 – Elster and Burlington Hydro announced today that Elster’s EnergyAxis® Smart Grid solution will power the electric vehicle (EV) fleet for GridSmartCity™, Burlington Hydro Inc.’s dynamic renewable energy and Smart Grid modernization initiative.

The GridSmartCity project will utilize EnergyAxis to integrate the first all-electric vehicle to be used in a commercial fleet in Canada. The project will study potential broad-scale vehicle electrification in commercial fleet applications.

Elster’s EnergyAxis will enable Burlington Hydro to remotely monitor and control electricity consumption patterns at a vehicle charging station in Burlington, and to better understand how to develop an optimal recharging infrastructure and integrate EVs onto the Smart Grid.

"With GridSmartCity, we are working to better serve the customer by providing charging station infrastructure that will encourage rapid acceptance of electric vehicles, which are better for the environment," said Gerry Smallegange, president and CEO of Burlington Hydro Inc.

"Elster’s EnergyAxis is the backbone of our Smart Grid deployment. We believe hub-and-spoke fleets represent the best opportunity for widespread vehicle electrification and, with Elster, we are able to accurately measure and monitor critical information on electricity consumption at the hub location," he added.  

For the GridSmartCity project, Burlington Hydro plans to incorporate the all-electric vehicle into its working fleet for a collaborative one-year study and demonstration project with the University of Waterloo, Transport Canada, Elster and other industry innovators, including Eaton and Pioneer Petroleum. Pioneer Petroleum will operate an EV charging station at one of its retail gas stations.

"Burlington Hydro’s GridSmartCity is a key initiative for converting today’s electricity and transportation systems into tomorrow’s Smart Grid, and Elster is proud to be an integral part of this innovative EV project," said Mark Munday, president and CEO, Elster Solutions.

"Development of the Smart Grid and the market for all-electric vehicles are interdependent. The electrification of vehicles will rely on an electricity grid infrastructure capable of meeting the needs of vehicle users in a practical, efficient and cost competitive way, and this project could serve as an important step in the wider adoption of electric vehicles," Munday added.

Commercial vehicle fleets operating from a centralized hub offer great potential for rapid adoption of EVs with an efficient recharging infrastructure. The GridSmartCity project will assess peak versus off-peak electricity demands and the potential to use vehicle batteries to store supplemental power, which could be made available to reduce peak loads on the electricity grid.