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Updated: A pioneer of the car industry has launched a startup on managing the charging of groups of cars plugged into the grid. Tom Gage, the former CEO of AC the quiet shop behind the Roadster drive train, the Mini and the eBox left AC late last year. and he me in an exclusive interview on Monday he incorporated his new company, EV Grid, in

Gage tells me that he EV Grid to work on so-called to grid, or V2G, technology, involves using software and to create a bi-directional flow the power grid to the electric car Utilities and power companies can use V2G to groups of electric cars into their grids, and aggregated vehicle charges can be as on-demand energy storage, and for balance the grid load needed.


The power grid is in a constant of flux, and utilities routinely to manage supply and demand to the grid balanced. But since isn t much energy storage to the grid, utilities sometimes to do this by taking measures as firing up diesel generators on But dozens of electric vehicles into the grid, and managed could provide these

At the same time, utilities pay the car owners involved in these and the car owners could recoup of the cost of electric cars, are still pretty expensive.

recruited two other former AC execs for his new venture and established an in Palo Alto and a shop to AC Propulsion in San Dimas. Gage he s been working on V2G tech for at AC Propulsion, but since AC Propulsion on electric vehicle drive technology, the company didn t the resources to work more on V2G.

EV Grid s main partner now is the University of Delaware and NRG Energy, together created a joint called eV2g eVgo to a pilot V2G project, which be one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. and the when it s completed. Gage the project already has six or seven fleet vehicles using V2G in the and by the end of the year hopes to build out fleet to dozens, or even a cars.

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University of Delaware professor Kempton has been working on V2G for years and had already been with Gage through AC on the eV2g project. Gage and EV will work on the vehicle of the grid, installing hardware and in the cars to enable management of the flow. eV2Vg will the grid side commands, will manage the vehicle

It s still very early for V2G tech. According to a report Pike Research. only 100,000 electric cars have V2G capability by 2017. of the biggest barriers to V2G are the lack of vehicles out there on the roads and the that electric cars V2G will either lose warranties or be damaged in some

Another issue is the economics how will V2G-enabled grid be worth to utilities, and by how much can offset the cost of the cars?

tells me his firm will be to answer these questions and and will more finely its V2G focus in the coming months. says he s waiting to work on a few before he raises money outside investors.

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