The future of electric cars keeps getting more pleasant with the range of emerging technologies in the industry. IBM and Honda are working on a new technology to enable communication between electric cars and power grids. Traditionally, electric car owners power their vehicles by simple plug and charging. However, "plug and charge" risks overloading power grids as more hybrid cars are produced. The technology under test may prevent this danger and enable electric cars to only charge when it’s necessary.
The technology is aimed at creating a system through which electric cars and the power grids can communicate to determine the best charging times. The tests are being done on the Honda 2013 Fit electric car. The technology is expected to enable electric vehicles delay or adjust charging times depending on the state of their battery and the power grid conditions. The vehicle will feature an onboard intelligence system that will make these charging decisions in a matter of seconds whenever necessary. The communication will be done via IBM’s online cloud computing. In 2010, Better Place Australia (BPA) rolled out the world’s third large scale [xref:http://www.cfoworld.com.au/news/532188/charge-network-to-service-electric-cars/|charge network to service electric cars|electric car tech]] across Australia. BPA expects up to 20 per cent of local vehicles will be electricity-powered by 2020.
The new technology won’t inconvenience the driver nor over burden the grid, but will still give drivers the ultimate control over car charging. The companies hope to use a vehicle’s and grid data to develop an optimal charge schedule for the electric car. The technology will ensure new electric car owners can charge their cars without interfering with electricity supply for businesses and homes. IBM could adjust the charging patterns for cars by shifting demand to non-peak hours where necessary. That would however depend on the reliability of the grid. Last year, Holden unveiled the world's first [xref:http://www.cio.com.au/article/409799/holden_unveils_long-range_electric_car/|electric car that can travel a long distance|electric car tech]], heralding it as a "game changer" in the automotive industry.