$1.9 Million DOE Grant For Smart Grid Residential EV Charging System

Delta Products Corporation, headquartered in Fremont, Calif,. has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for the development and demonstration of a residential electric vehicle charging system with smart grid communication capabilities.

According to Delta, the smart-charging system will allow utilities to reduce infrastructure costs and manage load during peak hours. The system will also benefit consumers by taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates for electric vehicle charging.

Delta’s system price is targeted to be 50-percent lower than today’s competing technologies. The research project will develop smart-grid enabled residential electric vehicle chargers over the next three years that will allow the quick deployment of charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Delta will work in conjunction with its partners The Detroit Edison Company, Mercedes Benz R&D North America, and kVA to develop a working demonstration system.

The DOE grant is part of $7 million in research and development funding that is intended to help improve the development and design of electric vehicle charging equipment. The grant furthers the U.S. Department of Energy’s commitment to improve America’s energy security and economic competitiveness through the development of advanced vehicle technologies.

Delta Products’ President M.S. Huang said, “We are delighted to work with DOE and our partners to bring this important technology to market. The combination of electric vehicles and smart grid technology is key to helping reduce energy use. Delta is proud to participate in this program and is committed to the advancement of electric vehicle technologies. This project aligns with our corporate mission ‘To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow.’”

Delta manufactures electric vehicle charging equipment, which includes Level-2 AC, and DC Quick Charging Stations, as well as provides major automotive OEMs with a wide variety of system level components for electric vehicles.

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  • dutchinchicago

    This could be great but everything I heard so far about these “smart” chargers that they are actually really stupid. In many cases the only thing they allow you to do is to set charging times. This feature is already available on every electrical car and quite a few residential charging stations.

    If they are truly smart and coordinate charging based on available power and required complication time than that is great but I am not holding my breath.