Soon you'll be able to charge an EV from your sofa
Tuesday 01 February 2011
Customers of US technology giant Cisco will soon be able to charge their electric vehicles at a touch of a button thanks to a partnership with EV charging firm ECOtality.
The company's Home Energy Controller, which allows homeowners to monitor and control energy loads of systems such as pool pumps, water heaters and air conditioning via a touchscreen device, will also connect to the Blink Home Charging Station, ECOtality said January 31.
This means that while sitting on the couch, customers will be able to check the charge level of their vehicle and remotely control the charging as they would any other home system.
Although home-energy monitoring systems such as that by Cisco are relatively new, they are expected to grow rapidly in popularity over the coming years - not least because electric vehicles are expected to double the amount of energy consumed by the average household.
For instance, ECOtality's Blink Home Charger is a Level 2 charger, which delivers faster charging speeds than a conventional US outlet because it uses a 240 volt AC input.
This extra load, expected to become commonplace in the coming years, creates a more pressing need for electricity to be controlled smartly, with the so-called "smart grid" expected to link power-hungry consumers with the electricity network in the most efficient way.
Last year, Ford announced a tie-up with Microsoft which will see the two companies work together on smart energy management by ensuring the new electric Ford Focus can "talk to" Hohm, Microsoft's own home energy management software.
Toyota, meanwhile, plans to introduce a "Smart Center" next year, which monitors energy use from all over the home to ensure that electric vehicles - such as its plug-in Prius - are recharged at the most economical time.
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Life & Style blogs
Drunken assaults, drug abuse, spiked drinks – and a young couple in a pine tree: Not a very merry Christmas for the paramedics
The 10 Best Scotch Whiskies
America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
GTA 5: Rockstar bans gamers stealing in-game money worth millions
Winter Solstice 2013: Shortest day of the year marked with 'knitted' Google Doodle
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
David Cameron takes his biggest gamble yet as he gets tough on Europe over immigration
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness
£40000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer (WPF...
£45000 - £65000 per annum + London: Harrington Starr: Senior Automation QA Eng...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Year 6 Teacher - Gilli...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Teacher of English - S...