LA, China team up for plug-in car data sharing
The EV Project, run by San Francisco-based ECOtality using grant money from the DOE, will be the source of the data the U.S. will share with China. The EV Project will be monitoring 15,000 chargers scattered throughout 18 cities (including Los Angeles) in both public places and the garages of Leaf and Volt owners who have agreed to the confidential data collection. Colin Read, an ECOtality VP, told Alysha Webb of of Plugin Cars, "If we can share lessons learned and key takeaways, that is the type of information we want to make public so this can take off on a worldwide basis." The DOE will publish on its website a summary of the EV Project's results.
The U.S. has a big head start over China by having two high-volume electrics for sale now, while China is currently seeing dismal EV sales. This could make it difficult (at least initially) to ensure there is a balance in the data sharing and both countries benefit equally in the partnership.
[Source: Plugin Cars]
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