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Vehicle-to-Grid Gets Its Due in Delaware

Fifteen all-electric Mini-Coopers donated by BMW and originally used in the Mini E pilot lease program, will now be used as part of a vehicle-to-grid demonstration program in Delaware.

Published: 26-Apr-2013

WASHINGTON — Finally, payback for the plug-in.

A line of Mini Coopers, each attached to the regional power grid by a thick cable plugged in where a gasoline filler pipe used to be, no longer just draws energy. The power now flows two ways between the cars and the electric grid, as the cars inject and suck power in tiny jolts, and get paid for it.

This nascent form of electric car commerce will be announced on Friday by the University of Delaware, the regional grid operator and an electric company. They have developed a system to collect payments for work (balancing supply and demand moment to moment) that is normally the domain of power plants.

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