ZigBee Alliance, SAE International Studying EV-Grid Interaction

The ZigBee Alliance and SAE International say they are collaborating on ZigBee Smart Energy standard development. Using ZigBee Smart Energy to define how plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and the grid interact will be one of the goals of the partnership.

Ultimately, this initiative will provide future PEV drivers with the real-time information needed to control their transportation energy use, manage their charging costs and receive utility incentives for participating in PEV programs, the companies say.

‘Adding ZigBee Smart Energy to PEVs will give automakers and utilities a common language to manage the charging, storage and use of energy in PEVs,’ says Richard Scholer, SAE's hybrid vehicle communications task force committee chairman.

Work between the groups is already under way, with completion targeted for next year, when ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 is scheduled for completion.

SOURCE: SAE International

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