Kia aids US university with smart grid charging programme
June 15, 2016
South Korean car maker Kia Motors and its parent company Hyundai have expanded their partnership with the Advanced Power & Energy Programme (APEP) at the University of California Irvine (UCI) to help develop and demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software algorithms.
Kia will provide six Soul electric vehicles with the shared goal of creating software algorithms for use in coordinating the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support grid resource operation.
Vehicle-to-grid defines a system that enables battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) to communicate with the power grid for bidirectional power flow while being grid-connected. This enables the vehicles to serve as energy storage to help manage energy demand.
"Grid-connected electric vehicles offer tremendous potential in terms of energy storage and dispersion during high-demand periods, and Kia is excited to collaborate with APEP in the study and development of advanced smart grid technologies," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America. "Kia's green car roadmap calls for a dramatic expansion of electrified vehicles over the next five years, and we are proud of the role the Soul EV will play in helping UCI's students and faculty develop new and better advanced smart charging technologies."
Demonstration and evaluation of Soul EVs will increase understanding of how BEVs are managed on the electric grid, while identifying challenges for V2G deployment. Additionally, the test programme will help predict BEV and PHEV charging behaviour and further understanding of their impact on the grid.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Kia in conducting research on these important topics," said Scott Samuelsen, director of APEP. "The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, systems analyses provided by the Kia and APEP programme."