Sarah Parsons

University of Delaware's Electric Vehicles Give Power Back to the Grid

by , 03/31/10

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While the innovative strategy certainly benefits the environment, it can also provide some extra cash for electric car owners. Under a 2009 Delaware law (the first of its kind in the world), local utilities that receive power from the cars must pay owners the same rate owners pay to charge batteries. During March 1st to 25th, one of the university’s vehicles earned $143.53 from the local grid operator.

Right now, it costs about $75,000 to purchase a Toyota Scion and convert it to run on V2G tech. However, Kempton thinks that once all costs are optimized, the cars will only cost $3,000 to $5,000 more than traditional gas-powered vehicles.

+ University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration

Via Planet Ark

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4 Comments

  1. wezel December 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    They run on B.S.

  2. Mark Goldes April 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Interestingly enough, the vacuum of space may be the source for both forms of Super V2G. Physicists will undoubtedly debate the issue for some time.

    Water as fuel uses fractional Hydrogen, which may eventually be accepted as a Zero Point Energy phenomenon.

    Magnetic generators were first demonstrated in the 1920′s in Germany. Hans Coler called the source “space energy”. It may turn out he was correct and that these systems convert Zero Point Energy as well. Space is chock full of energy that has not yet proven practical for human use. That seems about ready to change.

  3. Robspe April 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    OK. Where do these electric cars GET the electricity they feed back to the grid? Out of the vacuum of space?

  4. Mark Goldes March 31, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Super V2G is on the horizon. See Cars as Power plants at http://www.aesopinstitute.org

    On the same site Running on Water may also be of interest.

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