Monday, August 02, 2004

Hybrid Cars to replace Power Plants?

Ingenuity and imagination are often held out as the solution to finding a balance between energy needs and environmental protection. Now, it appears the two are working hand-in-hand to find synergies between hybrid vehicles and electric generation:

A technology called "Vehicle to Grid" is now available that will sell the excess electricity your hybrid vehicle generates back to the electric utility at a profit to you.

It is said that if 1 million V2G Hybrids where to be produced, they could generate as much as 10,000 Megawatts of electricity replacing the need for 30 typical power plants.

We have tried distributed generation plans (albeit less creative ones) and the main concern for the power companies has been control over the kilowatts--they don't want you or me to power our own homes. In this plan, those objections should be less critical.