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Boulder Electric Vehicle Demonstrates Vehicle-to-Grid Charging

September 12, 2013

Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated its 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, Mich., on June 14.

According to the company, with 60 kilowatts of power going in and out of the vehicles, Boulder EV reached a new milestone and became the first EV truck manufacturer to successfully demonstrate V2G bi-directional charging.

"This first success happened in the labs of our EVSE partner Coritech Services,” said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown. “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."

On July 25 in Ft. Carson, Colo., the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the SPIDERS project signed off on verifying full charge and discharge of the vehicle at 60 kilowatts of power. "It is amazing that one of our chargers can fully charge a Boulder Electric Vehicle delivery truck in just over an hour," said Russ Ristau, Coritech Services CEO.

The third demonstration took place at Boulder Electric Vehicle's Los Angeles plant on Aug. 13. According to Boulder Electric Vehicle, the California Energy Commission awarded the company a $3 million grant from its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support the opening of this plant.

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