Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated its Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) all-electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado, and California. The first full powered success transpired in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 14, 2013. With 60 kilowatts of power going in and coming out of the vehicles, Boulder EV reached a new milestone and became the first EV truck manufacturer in the world to successfully demonstrate V2G bi-directional charging, according to the vehicle manufacturer.
"This first success happened in the labs of our EVSE partner Coritech Services. When we finally saw the power going in and coming out at the maximum allowable amounts as per the J1772 DC Combo connector spec, we were all as giddy as school kids," said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown.
The second major milestone came on July 25, 2013, in Ft. Carson, Colo. It was here that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the SPIDERS project signed off on verifying full charge and discharge of the vehicle at 60 kilowatts of power.
The third demonstration took place at Boulder Electric Vehicle's Los Angeles plant on August 13, 2013. The California Energy Commission awarded Boulder Electric Vehicle a $3 million grant from its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support the opening of BEV's second plant, located in Los Angeles, Calif. The Energy Commission's grant manager toured the facility for a final inspection prior to production starting in January 2014.
Boulder Electric Vehicle's first V2G demonstrations outside the Coritech lab and the Department of Defense are happening in Los Angeles. Boulder EV purchased a bi-directional DC charger from Coritech Services that will be solely used in its Los Angeles plant.
Boulder EV and Coritech Services will be providing demonstration units comprised of a charger and a truck to private utility companies beginning fall of this year, according to Boulder EV.