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GM teams up to develop electric Opel Meriva

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GM teams up to develop electric Opel Meriva

General Motors continues to expand its test fleet of electric cars around the world.

Today, GM announced it had teamed up with MeRegioMobile to develop three demonstration electric Opel Meriva cars, with funding from the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.

The research project aims to integrate electric cars as mobile energy storage units in the smart grid of tomorrow.

GM also is testing electric Chevrolet Cruzes in Seoul, South Korea. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car is slated to go on sale in the United States later this year.

In a statement, Rita Forst, Opel’s vice president of engineering, said the Opel Merivas, along with other electric cars, “will be used to study the practicality, user friendliness and acceptance of electric cars among consumers. With our demonstration, we are making an important contribution to the definition of European standards for energy infrastructure, electricity saving technology and data communications.”

GM said the Electric Meriva is a “pure research vehicle.”

More information about the project can be found here: http://www.meregio-mobil.de/en/index.php?page=objectives

Read more: GM teams up to develop electric Opel Meriva | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100929/BUSINESS0101/100929005/1331/BUSINESS01/GM-teams-up-to-develop-electric-Opel-Meriva#ixzz10vFm3bm6

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GM tests electric cars that feed power back to the grid

04:01 AM


General Motor's German unit, Opel, is getting ahead when it comes to electric cars.

Opel is working on three demonstration electric sedans, a model known in Europe as the Meriva, to try to show how they can serve as batteries for the electric smart grid of tomorrow.

"These demonstration vehicles, along with others GM has announced in other markets, will be used to study the practicality, user friendliness, and acceptance of electric vehicles among consumers," said Opel's Vice President of Engineering Rita Forst.

The electric Meriva features electronic controls which permit high-power electrical charging using both a 230-volt household current as well as 400 volt three-phase AC. The system is designed so that it can fit into a smart grid and the battery can recharge whenever electricity from renewable sources such as wind or solar power, is available and economical.

Conversely, the demonstration will explore the capability of the car to feed power back into the grid when it is not in being driven. This demonstration of two-way charging technology will test the practicality of distributed energy storage in car batteries for home usage.

The Electric Meriva has a 60kW system, equal to 82 horsepower, through its electric motors.



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