GM Electric Meriva Van Tests VehicletoGrid Charging in Germany

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GM Electric Meriva Van Tests Charging in Germany

Opel electric vehicle, to be tested in as part of MeRegioMobil program,

Last summer, Karl the vice president of global engineering of General Motors, the company planned to test battery-electric vehicles in different regions.

Opel is launching the in conjunction with German company MeRegioMobil. GM didn’t the size of the electric Meriva

2010 Opel Meriva

Goal: Electric cars as storage

With leisurely and a mere 40-mile electric the fleet of MeRegioMobil Merivas is not a advanced demonstration of electric-drive per se .

Instead, the Opels are intended to part in much wider and complex tests to evaluate electric cars can also as energy-storage devices in future electric grids when not being driven.

Among the to be tested are bi-directional communications and (V2G) charging technology. The has been funded by Germany’s of Economics and Technology.

Charging goes both ways

The BEV can be recharged both from European 230-Volt household and three-phase power at 400 Volts, as high-speed charging. The car is capable of electricity back into the through its bi-directional charging

The idea behind V2G technology, most analysts agree is many years ahead, is electric utilities could a small amount of electricity each battery in an unused car to provide power at peak periods. It would only with the owner’s consent, and would likely be paid for the power taken.

2010 Meriva leak

Years or ahead

Most analysts agree any widespread deployment of V2G technology is many years ahead. other things, it will enough electric cars on the that tens of thousands of are parked and connected to smart that have not yet been

That combination of factors may not during this decade, perhaps in limited areas.

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The Opel Meriva is a five-seat people carrier built on the same platform as the 2008 Saturn Astra. The version has only four likely reflecting a battery that widens the tunnel the middle of the passenger compartment.

The 3500-pound MeRegioMobil Meriva just 40 miles of range a 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery like a 2011 Chevrolet minus its range-extending gasoline

2008 Opel Meriva

Leisurely acceleration

Acceleration is from the 60-kilowatt electric that powers the front (there’s also a Sport providing up to 80 kW). The 0 to 62 mph time is 11 and top speed is limited to 80 mph.

But as GM stresses several times in its the MeRegionMobile Meriva is more testing the two-way charging it is about actual electric The test is being conducted by a that also includes Bosch, SAP, and three research institutes and universities.

The Meriva BEV follows two previous vehicles announced this a fleet of electric Chevrolet EV minicars for China, and just week, an all-electric 2011 Cruze EV with a 100-mile to be tested in South Korea.

also worth noting rumors persist around the that GM may develop an all-electric of the current 2011 Chevy within a few years.

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