OnStar Presents Energy Management Solutions for EVs

In a world where just about everyone wants a piece of the action in the newly created electric vehicle sector, OnStar's involvement comes as no surprise, especially because mother company GM plans to play a big role on this segment.

The infotainment solutions provider announced today it had developed the systems which would allow it to provide electric vehicle owners with several gadgets which would help them manage the energy they use, how they use it and for how long.

The systems, which will be demonstrated by DistribuTECH on a Chevrolet Volt, using $30 million in funding from the Transportation Electrification Initiative through the US Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Managing electricity supply and demand has always been extremely complex,”
said Nick Pudar, vice president of Planning and Business Development at OnStar. “The embedded technology of OnStar allows for accurate monitoring and controlling of the energy used by electric vehicles like the Volt. No other telematics service can offer these capabilities.”

The demo set up by OnStar will include four main areas:

  • demand response - will connect utilities to companies that have intelligent energy management products. This future service allows the customer to save money on energy costs while enabling more efficient use of the electric grid.
  • Time-of-Use (TOU) rates – receives dynamic time-of-use pricing from utilities, notifies Volt owners of the rate plan offers via email, making possible a scheduled charging program.
  • data gathering -- sends and receives EV data that helps utility providers without having to interface with the vehicle’s electric vehicle supply equipment.
  • vehicle-to-home integration technology - simplifies energy management and the implications for future connected home applications.
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