U.S. DOT picks Fla. school to provide smart grid for EVs

10/25/2013 | American City Business Journals

The University of Central Florida will establish a smart grid for plug-in electric vehicles under a U.S. Department of Transportation research program, Cindy Barth writes. UCF's Florida Solar Energy Center will operate the program dubbed the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center. "Today, electric vehicles -- using Florida utility power -- operate at an equivalent gasoline price of 99 cents a gallon," said James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center. "With fuel costs that low, it's no surprise projections indicate that Florida will have as many as 500,000 electric vehicles on its roads within 10 years, placing an unprecedented demand on today’s utility grid."

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