With All Them Plug-Ins, Toyota Has At Least Some EV Knowledge
NREL says it will work with both the Energy Department and Toyota North America to research ways to integrate plug-in electric vehicles into the power grid.
Using 20 Prius PHEVs, Scientists and engineers at the ESIF and NREL's Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility will explore ways to help grid operators accommodate the fast-growing U.S. electric vehicle fleet.
Tom Stricker, vice president of energy and environmental research for Toyota North America, said in a press release that"this new, amazing facility" will be crucial to analyzing the grid effects of Toyota's new plug-in Priuses. Hybrid, plug-in electric, and alternative fuel vehicles now comprise 16% of all Toyotas sold, he noted.
Stricker also said that Toyota will reveal its first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle — a mid-sized sedan — at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. This vehicle will also make its first US stop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Angeles in December.
Seperately, NREL is also working with the U.S. Army to "develop a power system comprised of solar energy, battery power, and generators that can provide electricity to forward operating bases. Using the integrated test capabilities of the ESIF, NREL will complete a prototype of the Consolidated Utility Base Energy (CUBE) system and validate its performance, reliability, and projected energy savings."