The Electric Power Research Institute is collaborating with eight car companies and 15 utilities to build a "common language for cars and utilities to speak," as reported at SlashGear.com. "EPRI envisages a range of routes for such connectivity, including automated meters, home networks, the energy management systems integrated into offices and other commercial buildings, and through third-party providers."
EV owners will benefit because they will have an easy, standard way to take advantage of demand response programs, or to charge using off-peak rates, while still ensuring that their vehicles are fully charged by the morning.
Sumitomo Electric will build a prototype that uses the Open ADR standard for demand response. Initially it will work in one service territory. Later, a cloud-based system will allow an EV owner to tap into any such program anywhere in the United States.
BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, and Toyota are all participating. Tesla has said it will not go along.
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