The company demonstrated its truck's "bi-directional charging" capabilities in Michigan in June, followed up by a Colorado exhibition in July. And last month, Boulder Electric conducted a similar exercise in Los Angeles. That makes sense because the company received a $3 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a factory in the City of Angels. Boulder Electric will be at it again at San Diego's Plug-In 2013 Conference later this month.
Boulder Electric, which had been working with Coritech Services on the bi-directional charging technology, said in late June that it was the first-ever plug-in truckmaker to successfully pull off V2G recharging after displaying one of its flatbed tracks at Washington, DC's Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Meanwhile, Navigant Research (formerly Pike Research) said in April that almost 200,000 V2G-capable plug-in electric vehicles will be sold by the end of the decade. Boulder Electric is joined in the challenge to bring these vehicles to market by the likes of Nissan and Via Motors. Check out Boulder Electric Vehicle's press release below.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated their Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) all electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California. The first full powered success transpired in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 14, 2013. With 60 kilowatts of power going in and coming out of the vehicles, Boulder EV reached a new milestone and became the 1st EV truck manufacturer in the world to successfully demonstrate V2G bi-directional charging. "This first success happened in the labs of our EVSE partner Coritech Services. When we finally saw the power going in and coming out at the maximum allowable amounts as per the J1772 DC Combo connector spec, we were all as giddy as school kids," said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown.
The second major milestone came on July 25, 2013, in Ft. Carson, Colorado. It was here that the US Army Corp of Engineers and the SPIDERS project signed off on verifying full charge and discharge of the vehicle at 60 kilowatts of power. "It is amazing that one of our chargers can fully charge a Boulder Electric Vehicle delivery truck in just over an hour," stated Coritech Services CEO Russ Ristau.
The third demonstration took place at Boulder Electric Vehicle's Los Angeles plant on August 13, 2013. The California Energy Commission awarded Boulder Electric Vehicle a $3 million grant from its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support the opening of BEV's second plant, located in Los Angeles, CA. The Energy Commission's grant manager toured the facility for a final inspection prior to production starting in January 2014.
Boulder Electric Vehicle's first V2G demonstrations outside the Coritech lab and the Department of Defense are happening in Los Angeles. Boulder EV purchased a bi-directional DC charger from Coritech Services that will be solely used in their Los Angeles plant. "We are greatly appreciative of all the help the City of Los Angeles and the State of California have given us," explained Brown. Furthermore, Boulder EV has also extended an offer to provide on-site demonstrations of their vehicles performing real V2G bi-directional charging.
As of today Boulder Electric Vehicle is the only electric truck manufacturer in the world to demonstrate working vehicle-to-grid charging at 60 kilowatts of power outside of the SPIDERS project in Fort Carson, Colorado. Boulder EV and Coritech Services will be providing demonstration units comprised of a charger and a truck to private utility companies beginning fall of this year. Boulder EV will also be showcasing a V2G capable truck, alongside a Coritech DC quick charger, at the Plug-In 2013 Conference & Exposition in San Diego, CA. The conference kicks off September 30th and runs through October 3rd. For those interested in scheduling a demonstration of Boulder EV's trucks performing V2G charging with a Coritech EVSE please contact them directly to set up reservations.
About Boulder Electric Vehicle Boulder Electric Vehicle is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of viable medium and heavy duty electric trucks and vans. Currently manufacturing two models, the 500 Series and 1000 Series, these class 4 and class 5 vehicles have been successfully deployed with numerous fleets, all of whom are now realizing the economic and environmental benefits of going green with Boulder Electric Vehicle.
About Coritech Services Inc Coritech Services has been providing integration solutions for over a decade. Our manufacturing and industrial plant integration experience, combined with our group of highly skilled professionals, position Coritech Services as an industry leader in system integration. We provide a complete turnkey project with all departments in-house, allowing us to maintain exceptional quality from start to finish.