PHOTO CAPTION: Smith Newton EV electric truck with bi-directional charging capability.

Pentagon Experimenting with Electric Cars For Back-Up Power

US Defense Department is running a year-long test to determine feasibility of using electric vehicles like the Smith Newton stake bed electric truck for energy storage with potential savings of up to $7,300 per vehicle per year.

Published: 25-Jan-2013

Picture the scene: There's a power cut. It goes dark. Your TV, refrigerator and computer all shut down. How long will it last? Who knows?

Power outages are normally brief affairs, but in disasters like 2012's Superstorm Sandy, people could be left without power for days.

A potential solution, increasingly coming to light, is that of using electric vehicles as a backup energy source. And now, the Department of Defense is taking the idea seriously too.


University of Delaware V2G-capable BMW Mini Coopers.

V2G concept - originally highlighted by EV World over a decade ago - starting to gain increased public visibility.

Smith Electric Vehicle equipped with V2G bi-directional charging system.

Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) is being tested at Fort Carson in Colorado using Smith Electric Vehicles.

BMW Mini-E were equipped with V2G capability; here they are part of U of Delaware research.

Vehicle-to-grid charging has been around as a concept for more than a decade; now its starting to become a reality.


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