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OnStar shows how electric vehicles connect to the Smart Grid

OnStar is showing how its energy management technologies will help integrate electric vehicles into intelligent electricity networks.

In presentations at this week’s DistribuTECH conference in San Diego, the GM telematics unit is using  the Chevrolet Volt to demonstrate how its technology works.

“Managing electricity supply and demand has always been extremely complex,” said Nick Pudar, vice president of planning and business development. “The embedded technology of OnStar allows for accurate monitoring and controlling of the energy used by electric vehicles like the Volt,” he addedin a press release.

Among the technologies on show are:

  • Demand response, which lets Volt customers continually monitor and manage energy usage
  • Time-of-use rates, which lets OnStar advise Volt owners of utilities’ new rate plan offers
  • Data gathering, which helps identify charging locations and determines potential load scenarios
  • Vehicle-to-home integration technology, which can simplify energy management and show the potential for connecting home applications. OnStar is using the Tendril technology platform for this. Tendril provides an open standards-based, scalable and secure end-to-end solution for the so-called energy internet.
DistribuTECH, a major smart grid conference and exhibition, covers automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

OnStar has more than 6 million subscribers in North America and China. The company announced last month that it is making the technology available to non-GM brands through an aftermarket solution.