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R.E.V. and the V2G Revolution

Skype video dialogue with Rapid Electric Vehicle president Jay Giraud

By EV World Video Productions

Once upon a time, Jay Giraud was a champion snowboarder whose only care in the world in Whistler, British Columbia was the quality of the powder on the mountains and the rum in the drinks he served in the bars where he worked during the off-season.

It was in the winter of 2002, while recovering from yet another snowboard injury that he began to re-evaluate his life's direction. The Iraq war was about to erupt and spending the rest of his life working in bars didn't appeal to him, so he decided to go off in a new direction, spending the next five years investigating every aspect energy and transportation he could think of.

By 2007, he was ready to put his plan in motion, raising funds from family and friends and creating a business that would convert fleet vehicles into plug-ins. Picking two of the most common vehicles on the market -- the Ford F-150 and Escape SUV -- his nascent, British Columbia-based enterprise opened its doors. Now three years later, the company employees 13 full-time scientists and engineers, many of them formerly with Ballard, the fuel cell developer.

In this 30-minute video dialogue, which is divided into three parts, Giraud talks about his company, Rapid Electric Vehicles, it's bi-directional power system that allows the vehicles to share the electric power stored in their battery packs, making them ideal of emergency back-up power sources, as well as the ability to run power tools and lights at work sites.

Customers for REV's bi-directional electric vehicles include city fleets, corporations and even the U.S. military. Four of REV's vehicles are destined for deployment on one of its bases in Hawaii as mobile back-up power systems to run radar sites and computer networks in event of a power failure. Someday, Giraud sees even our homes being powered by the energy stored in the battery of our cars, SUVs and light trucks. Twenty-five kilowatt hours of energy is enough, he says, to run most homes in America for several days.

The video segments are in consecutive order, be sure to watch all three parts.

R.E.V. converted Ford Escape, the first of four to be deployed to Hawaii for use by the U.S. military

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Published: 13-Dec-2010

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