GE and Juice Technologies recently announced a joint agreement to create intelligent plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging devices for U.S. and global markets.
The chargers incorporate GE’s smart meters with Juice Technology’s Plug Smart engine, so consumers can charge their cars during low-demand, lower cost time periods.
GE officials said smart chargers will expedite the reception of plug-in cars by making them more attractive to both consumers and utilities. Consumers will benefit by obtaining the lowest-possible charging rates for their vehicles, while utilities will be able to better control the demand for electricity and take on the added load of electric vehicles without over taxing their grids. Utilities will also notice greater value from their capital equipment during overnight and other low-demand times when it is substantially less utilized.
“Our smart charging system and advanced technology have been in development over the past two years,” said Rich Housh, CEO of Juice Technologies. “We’ve collaborated with utilities and with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research to develop the right solution for both utilities and consumers. Our collaboration with GE gives us the expertise we need to bring our solutions to market.”
Electric vehicles will begin shipping in volume across the United States in 2010. Charging stations will be necessary to meet the increasing consumer demand.
“Plug-in electric vehicles will become the new transportation reality,” said Bob Gilligan, vice president of transmission and distribution for GE Energy Services. “These chargers will help consumers use electric cars as cost-effectively as possible, speeding their adoption lowering our carbon footprint and dependence on foreign oil. Smart chargers will make it easier and more cost effective to power clean, efficient cars with electricity made from clean, domestic sources.”
GE will offer an extensive line of charging products that combine GE’s smart meter technology and communication capabilities with Juice Technologies’ patent-pending intelligent charging technology. A multi-generational PEV product architecture will meet or exceed requirements set forth by utilities nationwide.
Initial chargers will be available in the United States in the second quarter of 2010, with full-scale production ramping up throughout the year. Global availability will follow.