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By Jesse Berst

 

It was only a few days ago that I was ranting that utilities need to get their EV act together and start implementing smart charging schemes. Now comes word that Toyota and Duke are doing just that in Indiana, as reported by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Also involved is Energy Systems Network, an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit clean-technology initiative.

 

The pilot program, set to begin early in 2013, will involve five previous plug-in vehicles driven by Duke Energy customers. It will be Toyota's primary North American test location for the very thing I have been advocating – a common standard for how EV charging stations should communicate with electric utilities. They will be testing a newly developed protocol from the Society of Automotive Engineers.