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8Recharge Wrap-up: Charging in Iceland, Smart "For" campaign, Honda open sources Smart Home

Researchers working on universal chargers

Iceland's EV charging network is expanding by 200 units. A subsidiary of Northern Lights Energy called EVEN is providing and installing the rapid chargers, which it hopes to have installed by the end of the year. EVEN's Gísli Gíslasson says, "We couldn't wait for the government and decided to do our part in this." Iceland's government hopes to have 10 percent of the cars on its road powered by sustainable fuels by 2020. Read more at Iceland Review.

123Cadillac ELR will be smart-grid ready from day one

General Motors just might have figured out a good way to go head-to-head with its luxury electric vehicle competitors, the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 – throw fancy new smart energy and cloud-based connections into the deal. GM says the extended range Cadillac ELR will be "Smart Grid ready" as its technology, combined with OnStar's connectivity, can communicate between the car and electric grid to save energy.

4Mitsubishi, USC partner on smart grid study with 12 i electric vehicles

Trying to do its part to enhance both the smart grid and public safety, Mitsubishi announced last week it will support a smart grid demo project at the University of Southern California (USC) and its Viterbi School of Engineering. Mitsubishi will provide USC with 12 all-electric i vehicles to be used on campus and around the LA basin.

94Chevy Spark Electric Vehicle Prototype

Why This Little Car Previews Big Things For GM

AddIn Detail: Pecan Street Smart Grid Research Project

What will the perfect, sustainable home of the future will look like? At a minimum, new green construction projects will make greater use of recycled materials and higher levels of insulation. The next step is adding solar panels and installing EV charging ports so commuters can drive green. Researchers in Austin, Texas imagined their ideal home of the future and engaged with the community to build an entire green neighborhood. Welcome to Pecan Street.

29SAE Congress: GE charges up Nissan's EV plans

Nissan and GE shared a booth at the SAE World Congress in Detroit recently to emphasize the way the two companies want to connects your car and various appliances to the emerging smart grid.

32BMW, Tendril will build demonstration home 'wired' for ActivE electric vehicle

BMW and Boulder, CO-based energy management company Tendril will build a demonstration home designed to power BMW's ActiveE electric vehicle while minimizing the home and the car's carbon footprint, the New York Times reported.

1Southern California Edison's roadmap charts a course to the smart grid

If you're going to drive from your home to somewhere you've never been before, it pays to have a map. And, if you're going to turn a region from a place where electric vehicles are a niche market and electrical power comes from a few large plants into one where EVs are the rule and power is far more dispersed, it also pays to have a document that lays out the course. In other words, a map.

1GM, OnStar kick off real-world smart grid tests with Carolina utilities

At the Plug-In 2011 Conference in Raleigh, NC today, General Motors announced it is going to get into the real-world smart grid game with a new pilot program. The test will involve a number of Chevy Volts and GM's OnStar service. 27 Volts are headed to local utilities and GM says that "hundreds of employees" at these regional utilities will drive leased Volts during the trial, which starts later this year.

15DOE says 5 million smart meters installed in U.S.

Modernizing the U.S.' antiquated electrical grid is a task that will likely take decades to complete, but at least we're off to a good start with more than five million smart meters installed nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

AddIt's payback time from your "Cashback Car"

Connected And Networked Electric Vehicles Have The Potential To Make EVs Viable Without Huge Incentives.

2ClipperCreek, Jetlun team up to offer smart grid capable electric vehicle chargers

Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment manufacturer ClipperCreek, Inc. has teamed with Jetlun Corporation, an energy management solutions provider for homes and businesses, to offer a smart grid capable EVSE that allows charging station owners to access and control numerous features remotely. Jetlun's Intelligent Management (JIM) system monitors the EVSE's energy usage, enables remote on/off switching and allows consumers to track charging progress.

AddDOE: Two million smart meters now installed in national grid

Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is a task that will most likely take decades to complete. At least we're getting started now, with more than two million smart meters installed nationwide, according to the

AddSmart grid deployment suffers setback in Maryland, shows more public education is needed

Right now, plug-in vehicles can operate just fine using standard outlets and infrastructure. Sure, they like higher voltage outlets to charge in less time, but if you can charge your cell phone you can – somehow, maybe with a little effort – charge your car. The big promise of plug-in vehicles, though, is how they will interact with the coming smart grid to lower prices and make the grid a more stable thing. Well, that is, if said smart grid ever arrives.

AddBurlington Hydro gets a REV for its GridSmartCity initiative [w/VIDEO]

Burlington Hydro Inc gets a REV 300 ACX from Rapid Electric Vehicles - Click above to watch video after the jump

AddGridPoint rep: How battery leases can help increase electric vehicle ownership

Th!nk City - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFuture Threat: Black hat erasatz hack attack hits homes on smart-grid

As the deft stroke of a finger from a black-hatted hacker's hand depressed a key, the lights dimmed and electric apparati cease operating in 68 percent of homes connected to America's smart grid. Washing machines stopped washing and cars stopped charging as the attack continued to issue forth for over 24 hours from deep within the bowels of a malcontent's lair. Lucky for us the assault was a smart meter worm simulation and the destructive hand belonged to Mike Davis of IOActive. This time.

AddGM: First-gen Volts won't communicate with grid, future versions will

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for a high res image gallery

AddSmart charger for plug-in vehicles developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Automakers are working with various electric utilities around the world to figure out how to best integrate vehicle with the grid. One of the requireents for the coming flood of plug-in cars is a way to smarten up the cars' energy use. A research team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a Smart Charger Controller that could eliminate the need for automakers to develop proprietary charging controllers in electric vehicles, whether BEVs or PHEVs.

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