Air Force Tests Vehicle-to-Grid Technology in Los Angeles

By Published On: November 20, 2014

The Los Angeles Air Force Base unveiled a vehicle-to-grid project Nov. 14. It sports 42 electric vehicles that can direct power both to and from the electrical grid when they’re not being driven. The $3 million project should be able to store and feed more than 700 kW to the grid, enough power for more than 140 homes. California utilities and regulators worked closely with the Air Force on safety and performance testing as well as technical and regulatory aspects of the project. “This first–of-its-kind project,” stated Lisa Cagnolatti, Southern California Edison vice president, “will pave the way for the integration of electric vehicles into our power network.” Janea Scott, California Energy Commission member, said the agency’s $3 million investment in the project would help demonstrate the potential of electric vehicles “as grid integration and energy storage resources.” The project’s vehicle fleet includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van. They are being charged and discharged to the grid with special vehicle charging stations installed at the Air Force Base. “As the number of plug-in electric vehicles increases across the state, understanding the impacts on the grid and how power for fuel can be effectively managed will be critical,” noted California Public Utilities Commission member Carla J. Peterman. The Air Force plans to duplicate the vehicle-to-grid demonstration at its Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, and its Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

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