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General Motors to Launch First Real-World Smart Grid Pilot

RALEIGH, N.C. July 19, 2011

  • Smart grid solutions enable utilities to manage electric vehicle energy demands
  • OnStar will be the lone telematics provider able to create wireless bridge between electric vehicles and the grid
  • Regional utility employees will drive Volts as every day vehicles in Q3  

General Motors and OnStar will launch the first real-world pilot of smart grid solutions for electric vehicles this year, paving the way for utilities to increase energy efficiency and offer lower charging costs to customers.

Starting this quarter, hundreds of employees of regional utilities will drive leased Chevrolet Volts as their everyday vehicles and participate in the pilot.

Nick Pudar

the United States

Through the OnStar Advanced Telematics Operations Management System (ATOMS), a utility will be able to accurately monitor and manage the energy used by the vehicles. The data will give the utility deep insight into where and when EVs are charged and demand response, which allows the utility to reduce peak demand by shifting EV charging to non-peak hours.

"OnStar is the only telematics provider that can create a wireless bridge between electric vehicles and the grid, building on our learning from the Chevrolet Volts on the road today," Pudar said.

Through OnStar’s ATOMS infrastructure and partners’ solutions, utilities will be able to implement two Smart Grid services:

  • Data Gathering.

  • Demand response.

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