The company teams with Honda and PG&E for a pilot project that will allow communication between electric cars and the power grid.
IBM has partnered with Honda and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to develop a pilot project that will allow electric vehicles to communicate with the power grid, receiving and responding to charge instructions based on the grid and the vehicle’s battery level. This would enable energy providers to more effectively manage charging during peak hours and create consumer-friendly programs to encourage EV adoption.
The aim of this project is to make charging seamless for consumers, and to ensure that the electricity source is reliable and the infrastructure is stable. IBM’s Allan Schurr said:
The growth and success of EV adoption is reliant upon many factors, ranging from vehicle price and performance, to infrastructure readiness, to the consumer experience – a scope that cannot be addressed by one sole industry. This project with Honda and PG&E represents a significant step towards building an intelligent infrastructure that integrates capabilities and technologies across three major players. We are creating a system that allows electric vehicles to communicate with the power grid – this is groundbreaking.
Check out IBM’s infographic below for more information on the project: