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
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V2Green, a Seattle start up, is writing software for power companies to manage the charging of electric cars. There are not that many electric cars right now but V2Green thinks there will be between 500,000 and 1.5M by the year 2015 from companies like Tesla and Chevrolet. V2Green is currently generating revenue from a number of tests and will announce a deal with a utility later this month. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer interviewed the CEO and co-founder of V2Green, David Kaplan, about the nee