IBM’s project to schedule Electric Vehicle’s charging

Honda Fit EV

IBM has started a new pilot project in collaboration with Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). This project will allow communication between the electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]In this project, the companies will work on the EVs’ ability to receive and respond to charge instructions by the grid’s condition and the vehicle’s battery state. With charging pattern visibility, management of charging during peak hours can be done more effectively and consumers will be encouraged to adopt electric vehicles.

The demonstration will use a Honda Fit EV and will use IBM cloud-based software. On plugging the Honda EV, a request is initiated by car’s Telematics system used for navigation. This request is sent to IBM Electric Vehicle Enablement Platform, where it checks the battery charge state and the utility grid. Then the battery charge schedule will be determined, and if the grid is overloaded and the battery is full, the car would delay charging the batteries.

This project has the advantage for overcoming the challenge posed by the electric vehicles’ adoption by the consumers to the current power grid.

“This pilot project with IBM and Honda will help us demonstrate that third-party providers have the systems and capabilities to help meet some of the challenges that electric vehicles could place on the power grid as their adoption increases in the coming years,” said Saul Zambrano, senior director for consumer products for PG&E. “With updated charging patterns for EVs, we have the ability if needed, to shift demand to non-peak times to ensure the reliability of the grid so that we can continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers.”

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