Ontario close to bringing its first smart grid to fruition since all homes and businesses already have smart meters and General Electric is building a $40 million smart grid innovation center in the province. Canada’s first electric vehicles will be available beginning in Q3 2011, and utilities are preparing for the transition.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has expanded ECOtality’s EV Project to include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In addition, the project will also offer free home chargers to qualified new owners of Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability and an additional 1,000 Nissan LEAF zero-emission cars. The expansion of the EV Project is funded by a $30 million DOE grant extension which includes $15 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding which will be matched by private funds.
ClipperCreek has begun delivery of the only UL listed, fully SAE compliant charging stations on the market. The ClipperCreek CS-40 charge stations, which have a 30 Amp charge rate, have been tested and meet the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC625) and SAE-J1772, a North American standard for electrical connectors for EV’s maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers,. The CS-40 units also include a universal standard electronic interface and connector, making the CS-40 compatible with all major automaker electric vehicles, including Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion BEV and all EV vehicles coming from major automakers.