Faculty in the departments of electrical, computer, and energy engineering and computer science are undertaking a comprehensive study of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) as part of Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCity project in Boulder.
RASEI, Xcel Energy, and Toyota Motor Sales will use the program to gather data on vehicle performance and charging patterns, consumer behavior and preferences, as well as electric utility/customer interactions. The locale offers the additional benefit of monitoring high-altitude, cold climate performance of Toyota’s first-generation lithium-ion battery.
Toyota is expected to deliver 10 Prius PHEVs for the project in March. Members of the research team include professors Dragan Maksimovic, Tim Brown, Dirk Grunwald, and Li Shang of CU, and Barbara Farhar, Tony Markel, and Terry Penney of NREL