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Posted May 29, 2012



Chevrolet Volt research project designed to provide understanding of how consumer use of electric vehicles will impact grid, local electricity infrastructure

CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. (CNDHI) announced their Electric Vehicle Research Initiative. This research project is designed to gather data on the realities of driving an electric vehicle (EV) in everyday life – including charging needs, driving patterns and recharging habits.

(L to R)John Grotheer, Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. President and CEO, and
Charles Cipolla, Chair of the Board of Directors on the right.

The study involves CNDHI employees and Board members driving a Chevrolet Volt Extended-Range Electric Vehicle as their everyday vehicle and providing information on their experiences. The data collected through the project will be analyzed to better understand the impact of EVs on the grid and to determine what infrastructure changes would be required in order to support mainstream EV use.

“The Electric Vehicle Research Initiative is a unique project in that it involves our participants driving the Volt 24x7 for a week, as if it were their own vehicle,” says John Grotheer, Hydro President and CEO. “We know that electric vehicle use will impact our grid. The data that the Volt project provides will be a valuable tool to help us ensure that our electricity infrastructure remains efficient, reliable and responsive to the future needs of our communities.”

CNDHI is also in discussions with researchers at the University of Waterloo to collaborate on the study. The focus of the University of Waterloo researchers would be to collect and analyze vehicle battery metrics through a data logger.

The Ontario government has a vision that 1 in 20 vehicles on Ontario’s roads will be powered by electricity by the year 2020. This vision can’t become reality without a reliable recharging infrastructure in place. CNDHI’s Electric Vehicle Research Initiative has been designed to add critical information to the pool of knowledge required to create such an infrastructure. The study will run until at least February of 2013.

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