Plug-in Hybrids Power the Grid



Professor Andy Frank, Director of the UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center, has a plan to power more than just our cars. In his vision, plug-in hybrid vehicles can be used as mobile batteries, contributing solar power to the grid, and helping to “load balance” the demand. Roofs built over our parking lots contain solar panels that charge the cars’ batteries in daytime. At home, the same batteries can help power a house, or feed energy back to the grid. The result: fewer power plants. Episode 107. [PHEV engineering by Andy Frank and Team FATE]

Meet two of Professor Frank’s students in “Team Fate” – Designing the Next Generation Hybrid [episode 113] and “Team Fate” – Under the Hood of a Next-Gen Plug-in Hybrid [episode 114].

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