90,000 vehicle-to-grid vehicles on the road by 2017
V2G – vehicle-to-grid technology – could be a hugely important step in the upcoming shift from a transportation industry dominated by petroleum to one dominated by things that are not petroleum. V2G is the technology behind the idea of a “cashback car,” for example, but it’s still a long way from being available. Sure, there are test programs in effect, but does your home have a smart meter today. Neither does ours.
This is where Pike Research comes in, to try and look into the future. Pike’s new study predicts that over 90,000 vehicles will be V2G-capable by 2017. That number includes 90,000 light-duty vehicles (i.e., advanced versions of the Chevy Volt or plug-in Prius, to name just two possible examples) and 1,500 medium- and heavy-duty trucks. As is so often the case with new vehicle technologies, the early adopters will be fleet operators, Pike believes.
After the Japanese earthquake, both Mitsubishi and Nissan announced plans to speed up deployment of bi-directional energy flow, which is one piece the V2G puzzle. Other V2G tests include work done by the USPS and the city of Boulder, CO.
Read more in the press release, published by the city of Boulder, CO.
Post published by Sebastian Blanco, Nov 24th 2011 4:22PM at http://green.autoblog.com/2011/11/24/90-000-vehicle-to-grid-vehicles-on-the-road-by-2017/