Vehicle to Grid

Electric vehicles have long been thought of as a mobile source for pulling electricity from the grid in off-peak time and sending it back when the power is most needed.  This Vehicle to Grid concept is

Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated their Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) all electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California. The first full powered success transpired in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 14, 2013.  With 60 kilowatts of power going in and coming out of the vehicles, Boulder EV reached a new milestone and became the first EV truck manufacturer in the world to successfully demonstrate V2G bi-directional charging. “This first success happened in the labs of our EVSE partner Coritech Services. When we finally saw the power going in and coming out at the maximum allowable amounts as per the J1772 DC Combo connector spec, we were all as giddy as school kids,” said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown.


Free Clean Cities Webinar

Ever want to know where to find public alternative fuel stations in Virginia or the United States?

A webinar on the Alternative Fueling Station Locator,, has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 19 beginning at 4pm ET. The webinar will last one hour and will include time at the end of the presentation for Q&A.

Presenters will include Andrew Hudgins from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Alexis Schayowitz from ICF International.

During this webinar, you will learn how to use the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Fueling Station Locator, including how to search for a station, identify stations along a route, download data, and find current and historical station counts. The presentation will also cover the Fueling Station Locator data collection methodologies, review recent changes to the tool functionality, and point out new fuel-specific fields.

Webinar login details are noted below:



Participant passcode: 2112397



Conference number: PW7152311

Audience passcode: 2112397

Participants can join the event directly at:


Richmond Virginia Goes Electric Video

Richmond VA Goes Electric was produced by Dominion in cooperation with Virginia Clean Cities and is a project of the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi). The video tells the local story of Richmonders who are experiencing substantial benefits in efficiency, economics, dependability and driving experience associated with electric vehicles. With a variety of uses, electric vehicle provide an opportunity to be part of the solution by reducing dependence on foreign oil and helping the environment!


Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles Presentations

On Friday, June 28th, Virginia Clean Cities hosted an event at the Science Museum in Richmond to educate individuals about DC fast chargers. Pictures and presentations from the event are below.

Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities
Charles Tahara, Eaton
Larry Butkovich, Fuji Electric
Brendan Jones, Nissan


Release of Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative EV Readiness Plan

The Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi) Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan was released in March of 2013 following a period of review by project stakeholders.

A partnership of organizations in the Richmond region established the REVi initiative with the goal of fostering full-scale EV adoption. Richmond is at the forefront of emerging transportation modes and technologies, and is particularly supportive of EVs. This is evident through REVi’s pursuit and award of the US Department of Energy Clean Cities’ Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure project, which has funded the document. This community readiness and planning project is intended to facilitate the adoption of EVs and associated infrastructure in the Richmond region and to serve as an example for other communities. The resulting work has advanced planning for the Richmond region as an attractive and sustainable market for EVs, established the educational groundwork for EV adoption, and developed a regional strategic plan that identifies and fosters policies to expedite EV infrastructure implementation specific to the Richmond Region. This plan is a critical milestone in moving the Commonwealth one step closer to a balanced energy portfolio for transportation.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy was the prime award recipient, with Virginia Clean Cities serving as the award administrator and overall program manager. A nine-member Advisory Board focused on program goals while several working groups and technical advisory groups addressed plan development. The program started with over 50 organizations and increased that number substantially throughout the project. Stakeholder groups participated in forums to help conduct studies and analyses, as well as plan and implement project objectives. Localities represented in REVi include the Town of Ashland, the City of Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, as defined by the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. Other nearby localities also participated in project efforts.

Adoption of EVs is becoming a reality in the throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is well-positioned geographically and economically to participate in this emerging transportation technology. Embracing EV use in Virginia will assist efforts to reduce emissions, increase energy independence, and create jobs in the Commonwealth. Electricity represents a less expensive, cleaner, and locally generated energy source. Virginia’s economy is already benefiting from EV deployment. Local companies make batteries, battery components, motors, charging stations, and wireless charging technology. Companies in Virginia also design, manufacture and deploy electric vehicles, and convert vehicles to plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. Virginia entities are researching vehicle conversions, assessing charging capacity, reviewing financial strategies, and considering roles in jump-starting vehicle adoption and infrastructure deployment to further benefit our local economy.

Richmond is at the forefront of emerging transportation modes and technologies, and is particularly supportive of EVs. For example, Ford Motor Company selected Richmond as one of the nineteen US cities to launch its first electric car, the Focus Electric; and the area has seen many other EVs come to market since then. Dominion Virginia Power is piloting Time-of-Use rates to encourage off-peak EV charging. To view the full plan, click here.


Clean Cities EV Quarterly Discussion Webinar

Save the date for the upcoming Clean Cities EV Quarterly Discussion webinar, which has been scheduled for June 18th beginning at 3pm ET. Clean Cities coordinators will present details of their EV community readiness planning projects. They include Kim Tyrell from Denver Clean Cities, Christina Ficicchia from Empire Clean Cities, and Don Francis from Atlanta Clean Cities. Linda Bluestein from DOE will moderate and host the webinar. The webinar should last about an hour and a half. All are invited to attend.

Webinar login details are as follows:

Participant passcode: 5262808

Conference number: PW2968499
Audience passcode: 5262808

Participants can join the event directly at:

Please contact Andrew Hudgins at 303-275-4382 or with questions.

You DO NOT need to register for this event – simply follow the links above to join the call!


Fan Letter – Richmond EV

This incoming email from Hugh Joyce was so good we had to post:

Friends -Check out this photo of my new Tesla model S sedan, delivered yesterday in Richmond.   This car is an all electric, 285 mile range, American Masterpiece.  I am convinced that this, made in American  car, with the: fit, finish, look, feel, and drivability of an Audi A8, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, BMW 750i,  or Jag is a game changer for the car industry.  Read the rest of this entry »


GreenTech Automotive All-Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive Expands Product Line with
All-Electric Sedan for North American Market


Price Point Projected to be Under $25,000 with
Range of Over 100 Miles


GreenTech Automotive, an American manufacturer of all-electric vehicles will launch a five-passenger, all-electric sedan to be assembled in the United States. GreenTech currently manufacturers the all-electric two-passenger MyCar.

GTA All-Electric Sedan


The new EV sedan is the result of a new strategic partnership between GTA and JAC Motors, a leading Chinese OEM. The new sedan combines JAC’s award-winning vehicle platform with GTA’s advanced electric powertrain and battery management system. The sedan will feature a 19kWh battery with a range of over 100 miles on a single charge and a charge time of 6-8 hours. GTA will assemble the vehicles in its Horn Lake, Miss., facility for distribution in North America exclusively beginning in late-2013. After a pilot assembly of 2,000 vehicles, GTA plans to establish another assembly facility for the sedan and expects to create 200 additional jobs in the United States.

“JAC is recognized worldwide for the caliber and quality of its manufacturing. GTA’s innovative electric powertrain is a perfect fit for JAC’s EV platform, which has won numerous national awards in China,” said Charles Wang, Chairman and CEO, GreenTech Automotive. “Our meetings clearly revealed that there was good synergy between the JAC platforms and our technology and both companies immediately understood that a strategic partnership is in each company’s best interest.”

Executives from both companies began high-level strategic meetings in 2012, including multiple visits to each other’s assembly facilities and in-depth technical reviews and marketing planning discussions. The agreement was finalized in March and announced at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.

“The GTA partnership is of great significance to JAC,” said Jing An, chairman and CEO, JAC. “GTA has quickly proven its adeptness with a proven advanced technology and expertise as an EV developer with a growing distribution network. We believe this partnership represents a win-win for both our companies.”

“The five-passenger sedan is a natural complement to our two-passenger MyCar product line,” said Marianne McInerney, executive vice president, sales and marketing, GTA. “The MyCar, which offers consumers a fun, affordable driving experience, is already seeing strong response, achieving distribution agreements for the sale of more than 30,000 units over the next three years.

The JAC-GTA partnership allows us to expand our product line-up with a sedan and allows us to offer the GTA technology with great amenities and room for five passengers while adhering to our philosophy of being price competitive.”

If you have any additional questions regarding this offer, would like to visit our factory or need additional information on MyCar 2013 or the new GTA All-Electric Sedan, please contact


VCC to Join the University of Virginia in First Official Plug-In of New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The University of Virginia’s Department of Parking & Transportation and Facilities Management have partnered with Kyle Smalkowski, a fourth-year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to install a new level-two EV charger, the first of it’s kind in the Charlottesville area, at the University’s Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street in Charlottesville. The University is set to open the station, which was funded by grants from the Parents Committee and Student Council’s Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow program, at an event on Friday, April 26th at 10 a.m. on the second level of the parking garage.

The charging station, located next to the elevators in the garage, will be available for University visitors with electric vehicles. The station will be able to charge one electric vehicle at a time and each customer is limited to four hours. The station will pull approximately 7.2 kilowatts from the garage’s grid, which will be partially offset by a solar panel array that Facilities Management installed on the roof. The solar array will feed electricity into the garage’s electric grid.

Michael Phillips, who heads up VCC’s electric vehicle initiatives, will be on hand to provide remarks at the opening. “As of this month, the commonwealth of Virginia currently has 2,006 registered electric vehicles,” Phillips said. “This is a substantial increase of around 700 percent from just one year ago.” Michael will be joining Allen Groves, UVA associate vice president and dean of students; and Smalkowski to celebrate the opening. Mr. Groves will be performing the first official plug-in as part of the festivities.

For more information about the charging station and this opening event, contact Michael Phillips at 434-760-4485 or


Plug-in EV’s and the Environment Webinar

Join Advanced Energy for their first Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) 2013 Webinar series hosted through the NC PEV Taskforce. This virtual lunch and learn will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, April 30th. Registration is now open.


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