Vehicle to Grid, part 2
One of the new technologies that has me very excited is the promise of V2G, or Vehicle to Grid, technology, where PHEV’s plug into the electric grid to help handle periods of peak energy demand. In this second of a two-part series, I delve further into this idea, and the potential it holds for a cleaner environment. I am joined by Sven Thesen, the electric vehicle guru at Pacific Gas & Electric. Sven’s official title is supervisor of PG&E’s electric drive group within the clean air transportation program. Sven’s group assesses electric drive and other associated technologies, and he believes so much in it’s promise that he’s betting his whole career on it. Lots of study is being done on smart grid technology, and much of it by power utilities like PG&E, which is devoting quite a lot of resources to it and to cleaner, greener and cheaper electricity generation. So many of us have a negative view of our electric utility companies (especially when we open our utility bills) that it is tremendously exciting — and welcome — to learn about all the positive work this one is doing to help Californians leave less of a carbon footprint, reduce depenence on foreign oil, and generally be better stewards of the world we live in.