U.S. Government awards grant for EV charging smart grid infrastructure

Delta Products Corporation, a Delta Group company, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for the development and demonstration of a residential electric vehicle charging system with smart grid communication capabilities. The smart-charging system will allow utilities to reduce infrastructure costs and manage load during peak hours.

The system will benefit consumers by taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates for electric vehicle charging. Delta's system price is targeted to be 50% lower than today's competing technologies, says Delta (Fremont, Calif., USA). The research project will develop smart-grid enabled residential electric vehicle chargers over the next three years that will allow the quick deployment of charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles (EV). Delta will work in conjunction with their partners The Detroit Edison Company, Mercedes Benz R&D North America, and kVA to develop a working demonstration system.

The DOE grant is part of $7 million in research and development funding that aims to help improve the development and design of electric vehicle charging equipment.

"The combination of electric vehicles and smart grid technology is key to helping reduce energy usem” says M.S. Huang, Delta Products president. “This project aligns with our corporate mission 'To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow.'"

Delta manufactures electric vehicle charging equipment, which includes Level-2 AC, and DC Quick Charging Stations, as well as provides major automotive OEMs with a wide variety of system level components for electric vehicles.