University of California, Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program represents a “living laboratory,” dedicated to the development and deployment of environmentally sensitive, and sustainable power generation and energy conversion.
Now Kia Motors America and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. have announced an expanded partnership with APEP to develop Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software technology. V2G technology lets battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids “talk” to the power grid, enabling bi-directional power, allowing the vehicles to serve as energy storage to help manage energy demand.
John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America’s President and C.E.O, said that current electric vehicles don’t interact with the power grid efficiently enough and that new solutions are crucial to the future of automotive power.
“[One] thing that doesn’t get mentioned much with battery cars is energy loss when the vehicle is sitting unused,” Krafick said. “If you leave the car parked, it will lose one percent of its energy per day. Those losses multiplied across the entire fleet would be overwhelming
Demonstration and evaluation of battery and hybrid electric automobiles will grow APEP’s understanding of how battery electric vehicles interact with the electric grid, while identifying challenges and solutions for V2G deployment. The test program will also help predict charging behavior and increase understanding of their impact on the power grid.
Scott Samuelsen, Director of APEP, said Kia and Hyundai’s involvement represents a crucial part of the organizations work.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Kia (and Hyundai) in conducting research on these important topics,” Samulsen said. “The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, systems analyses provided by the Kia/APEP program.”
Hyundai is working on an advance new all-electric model, but its current electric flagship is the Hyundai Ioniq. The sleek, aerodynamic Ioniq comes with the option of a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric powertrain. Every one of the three distinct powertrain options offers a cleaner means of transportation that still boasts exhilarating speed and dynamic handling drivers expect from a Hyundai.
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are both equipped with Kappa 1.6 direct-injected Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engines that provide 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. This engine was built for use in a hybrid vehicle and is paired with six-speed double-clutch transmission that boasts smooth, easy shifting, creating a more engaging, pleasurable driving experience.
“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market,” Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning for Hyundai Motor America, said. “With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.”
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