Volt Owners Could One Day Tap More Renewable Charging

Chevy VoltOnStar and PJM Interconnection, a major electric transmission company, are teaming up to help make clean, renewable electrical charging easier for Chevrolet Volt owners.

Together, the firms have developed software that manages the use of renewable energy via the Volt's OnStar data connection. The software, which is still in beta testing, would notify Volt owners by about time-of-use energy pricing, identify new charging locations and manage the energy put into the Volt.

For instance, the software could inform Volt owners that peak wind generation typically happens between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., making charging at those times most advantageous. Customers can also indicate that they'd like to use renewable energy sources, and OnStar would regulate the charging by using only those sources. Furthermore, the software could track the demand for renewable energy sources by consumers, which would help companies like PJM with investment in the proper infrastructure.

The software is part of a greater effort to improve the sustainability and efficiency of our electrical grid by focusing more on information gathering, also known as smarting the grid.

Comments 

LC

Wow, I've never seen more qualifiers in a headline in my life.

...COULD...ONE DAY...MORE...

Really? It is possible, to the third degree, that this could happen? NO WAY!!!

Matt C.

Does it come with an "I saved a polar bear" badge?

I'm really getting tired of the self congratulatory attitude of the "eco-friendly" industry.

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