Smart meters to give electric cars a second chance

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Smart meters to give cars a second chance

residents of Phoenix, Arizona are $4.09 or more for a gallon of but not Paul Moore. Moore, who in Paradise Valley, is only pennies to drive all around the

In March of this year bought one of the few remaining electric in America a 1998 Ford for $15,000. “This is a Ford-built, honest-to-God Ranger truck,” Moore. “It’s got A/C and goes a bat out of hell.” Moore may be sharing the with more drivers of vehicles before long. major automakers are preparing new in order to meet the demand both environmentally-conscious drivers and struggling with record gas prices.

Ford produced 1500 electric Rangers in the ‘90s and recalled them in the 2000s when the leases on the ran out. Other major manufacturers have done the thing with their run of electric vehicles which available mainly in California. drivers found a way to purchase the trucks and about 200 remain on the

Besides the Ford Rangers, are a few pure-electric Toyota RAV4 on the road and some businesses custom built electric Other than that the electric automobile is unheard of. Chrysler, and Chevrolet all produced a amount of the electric cars in the

Despite the phasing out of electric before they caught on, the car is about to get another start. time some of the cars also have gas motors.

expects to introduce the Volt in This car will run purely on for 40 miles before relying on a gas for a longer distance. Mitsubishi and also plan to introduce cars in 2010 and both plan to test market the in the United States.

Mitsubishi’s engine will have a of 80 miles while the Subaru will have 50 miles, but an of a quick recharge.

Some automobile manufacturers, such as Motors, also are planning to an electric car. Tesla’s is a high-performance sports car and carries a price tag. Currently, the is accepting reservations for the car.

Moore’s Ranger, with a 40 range each charge, handles his daily commute and forth to his job as a software developer and can the casual errand such as up the children from school or to the airport.

Moore believes cars could do a lot to both America’s dependency on foreign oil and Phoenix’s notorious “brown of polluting fumes from automobiles. Moore estimates it costs about $350 for him to his electric Ranger for a year, than 10 percent of what he spend on gas in a regular car.

As an advantage, Moore has affixed a solar panel to a shed in his that provides the same of energy that his truck when he plugs it into an His energy provider, Arizona Service, pays him for excess energy that is put back in the grid there.

The solar power system around $18,000 but Moore that the savings he’s has on his utility payments have it a worthwhile investment. Moore he’ll have stable rates as he heads towards

Other alternatively powered are also getting more such as fuel cells, and natural gas vehicles. Officials at a technology-consulting firm for electric think the advantage electric and hybrids have over vehicles lies in the fact the infrastructure already exists.

Read, president and CEO of Ecotality the company of ETEC, said: is rarely a point in the day when you are than 10 feet from a Electricity is the lifeblood of our civilization as we it. We’ve spent more 100 years putting this in.”

“It really is having your first attack,” added Read. country has had its first heart We’ll survive, but next it could be fatal, so we’ll remedial steps. That changing the way you live, changing diet.”

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ETEC has made progress a challenge associated with the of time it takes to charge a It has developed a fast-charging system companies like Southwest have already adapted In to charge fleets of electric vehicles. ETEC’s system can a battery with enough to run for 40 miles with a 15 minute

Arizona Public Service still has parking spaces for cars, complete with a terminal, a leftover from the in the late 90s with electric in Arizona and California.

These spaces reflect a need electric cars will the ability to recharge from provided by the utility company for that don’t build arrays in their backyards Moore.

As more people electric cars, it will demand on the power grid, but at APS aren’t concerned yet. the extent that they all plug in their vehicles the peak of the day, it could us to have to have more said APS Chief Sustainability Ed Fox. “We have energy in the evening. Plugging in the evening helps us better our (power generation) units, makes us more efficient. But we predict human behavior people charge or don’t

ETEC is consulting with companies to develop smart systems that allow companies to monitor electric in the home. These systems regulate how much energy is from the grid by a car, and allow the utility company or the to give a priority to what should get energy and at what


A system such as this prove critical for a large of electric vehicles hitting the during the next several Many drivers will to and from work each day and then plug in their at night. If consumers have the to program their smart to only provide juice to the car at they end up saving money and the company ends up selling off capacity that was never before.

APS is installing smart meters at time that can handle kinds of communications and data “There are a lot of issues that to be worked out,” said “We are at the beginning of a brave new

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