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Jul. 1, 2019 10:55 am

Delaware keeps leading in electric vehicle technology

The University of Delaware research is helping the state make the push to renewable electric vehicles.
Sara Parkison, Willett Kempton and Rodney McGee, who all worked on the V2G project and legislation, stand behind one of the electric vehicles.

Sara Parkison, Willett Kempton and Rodney McGee, who all worked on the V2G project and legislation, stand behind one of the electric vehicles.

(Photo courtesy of University of Delaware)

In May, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 12, the first vehicle to grid technology (V2G) legislation of its kind in the United States.

The bill reads:

This Act facilitates electric vehicle and grid-integrated electric vehicle interconnection by including the Society of Automotive Engineers industrial safety standard, J3072, which sets safety requirements for electric vehicles that provide power from their batteries back to the electric grid.

What does that mean, and how will it affect you? According to UDaily, it will have a major impact.

Basically, V2G makes it possible for the power grid to support the power we use already, and also accommodate electrics cars, which can also provide power back to the grid. One of V2G’s pioneers is Willett Kempton, professor at University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

“You need a technology that can come online fast, safely and in a balanced way to replace say, solar, if the sun didn’t shine this afternoon, or wind if it was a windless day. V2G can do that,” Kempton told UDaily.

And, as the technology evolves, long distance transportation of goods could become beneficial — part of a clean energy cycle where trucks could become power stations when they’re parked.

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