Would you accept a thousand dollars if it means you can not charge your BMW i3 anytime?

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The electric car is assuming energy challenges that remain to be resolved. And what they propose BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG & E) in California, is a patch, not a long term solution. But at least it is a measure that we have to take into account. According to PG & E, there are more than 56,000 “plug” cars (whether electric, or hybrid) in northern California . This increasing presence of electrical must necessarily assume an effect to the power grid. There have been proposed an idea of ​​time as a pilot project, to control the load on the network encouraging owners of BMW i3 , in the area of San Francisco Bay, to avoid refills at a time when the grid is overloaded .


hundred customers BMW i3 in California may receive an incentive of $ 1,540 to avoid overloading your car – for 18 months -. At peak hours, in which the grid is very saturated

and what better economic incentive to achieve their goal . Hundred owners of BMW i3 have been chosen for this pilot program, each of whom will receive $ 1,000 (914 €) to accept the conditions imposed by this system more sustainable recharge mains, and other $ 540 when the period stipulated in this project, which is 18 months complete.

It is interesting to note that the times when users can not recharge your car are not fixed, although relatively predictable. And travel planning is vital as well as maximize the recharge in hours “valley” to ensure that never need recharging emergency rush hour. The beneficiaries of this project will use a wildcard, and load at any time they so wish on a particular day. Still, it remains a very interesting proposal.

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The dynamics of the project is simple. When in a time when the power grid is very overloaded, PG & E communicates with servers BMW and requests that these hundred i3 delay their decision to charge the car for a maximum of one hours . Users will be notified via SMS reminding that then can not recharge your car, unless they want to consume the wild and do likewise rejected for a day program conditions.

not seem very radical conditions, or uncomfortable. In fact, it is likely that customers of BMW i3 chosen only recharge your car at night, in hours “valley”, and rarely have consumed the battery in your car in a day. Given this, too is likely that these customers are getting an incentive to keep the same habits they acquired the day they bought a BMW i3 . And if not that yes, this may be a good time to buy these habits.

The purpose of BMW and PG & E is quantify the influence of electric cars on the power grid load (The Verge). Hundred vehicles will not make a difference, but it may offer valuable data to extrapolate to a car park where it could be hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of electric cars.

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In the future, we see electric cars as more than just a problem for the grid . Keep in mind that each electric car is potentially an energy storage system, which not only consumes energy from the grid, but also helps to oversight in very specific times, in situations of network overload. That is tremendously valuable, and its importance will increase as you grow the fleet of electric cars.

For power would be a huge cost savings in maintenance and emergency systems, and new power generation plants to supply to the grid at peak times. For the user of the electric car would benefit from some form of batteries of your car are supplying power to the grid. For example, energy could acquire at a very fair price for the customer. To the extent that a user of electric cars could sell more expensive energy at peak times and buy it cheaper in low-load hours , as night.

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