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A pair of southeastern U.S. electric utilities will soon start testing a fleet of converted plug-in Toyota Priuses to evaluate a smart charging system. Duke Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy will be evaluating both cross utility charging and billing and vehicle-to-grid technology. The project will look at the issues of tracking energy usage and billing when a car that is subscribed to one company charges on another's network. Similarly, energy fed back to the grid from the cars will need to b

Earlier this month the British company Smith Electric Vehicles announced it will bring its electric trucks to the U.S. A message out from the Electric Drive Transportation Association (a trade group) yesterday shows that Smith is serious about its American presence. Smith is one of four new EDTA members; the others are Duke Energy, EnerDel and K2 Energy Solutions. You can read more about these companies after the jump, but let's just note once again the trend of electric companies who are keen t