Fremont, Calif., May 15, 2012 — Delta Products Corp. won a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, 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 percent lower than today’s competing technologies.
The research project will develop smart-grid enabled residential electric vehicle chargers over the next 3 years that will allow the quick deployment of charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Delta will work in conjunction with their partners The Detroit Edison Co., 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 will help improve the development and design of electric vehicle charging equipment. The grant furthers the DOE’s commitment to improve America’s energy security and economic competitiveness through the development of advanced vehicle technologies.