Mercedes-Benz Launches 3-Year EV Smart Charging Test Project in California

APR 16 2014 BY MARK KANE 7

2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Smart charging point for smart cars in the project

Smart charging point for smart cars in the project

Daimler and RWE are teaming with the state of California and San Diego Gas & Electric on a three-year project with electric cars and smart charging infrastructure.

Professors and students from UC San Diego will test smart ForTwo Electric Drives, charging them at 26 new charging points on the campus with smart grid functions.

The first participant is scientist Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who according to the press release in 1975 discovered the greenhouse effect of CFCs hydrocarbons.

As part of the project,affordable leases will be offered on the smart ForTwo Electric Drive vehicles to interested students, faculty and staff who will be part of consumer driving, charging and behavior studies.

The charging terminals themselves are AeroVironment units. In Europe, RWE already installed ~3,000 charging points.

The California Energy Commission provided a $300,000 grant for the project.

Mercedes-Benz Launches 3-Year EV Smart Charging Test Project in California

Mercedes-Benz Launches 3-Year EV Smart Charging Test Project in California

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He may be the first American to notice the Greenhouse effect, but in the “Weather Machine”, the first person to have publically noticed this in the 60’s and 70’s was a Swede, if memory serves.

They are talking about the greenhouse effect of CFCs, which didn’t exist in 1896, when Arrhenius proposed the concept.

I strongly suspect that should have said “ozone destroying effects of CFCs”.

Even though these experimental projects should’nt be experimental at this time in history, I do endorse any plan to increase awareness at our Community Colleges and universities. Like politicos, planting seeds in the minds of impressionable future car buyers works in my book. Let’s hope students see LEAFS, Volts and many other types of EVs using these charging stations and not just professors in Smarts just taking advantage of yet another government freebie.

Is that all what Mercedes can do? It is clear to me that they are dragging their feet. Not only that this morning this Mercedes top man in the US is attacking Tesla and is trying to promote his ICE cars.
If anything it indicates that he is scared well and proper from Tesla.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2014/04/16/mercedes-head-tesla-has-no-network-limited-potential/?partner=yahootix

A middle-aged guy with a fauxhawk looks goofy.

Test project? Is this necessary?

Just get the cars available for sale, and add DC fast charging capability.

GSP