Study of infrastructure for plug-in electric cars

A feasibility study is to be carried out which will analyse the technical requirements of a recharging infrastructure for the integrated marketing and viability of plug-in electric cars.

This will be done by General Motors Europe and Iberdrola – now the parent company behind ScottishPower.

The companies say that this co-operation reflects the interest of both parties to encourage the development of electric vehicles, in particular extended-range electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, which used at large scale will significantly contribute to increased energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Both companies already work together in an important international project related to plug-in electric vehicles, coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) from the United States and with the participation of another 41 electrical companies from all over the world.

The main areas of the study, which will be carried out in Spain and the UK, are convenient and safe charging for consumers. GM and Iberdrola will analyse the requirements for the location of plug sockets in private homes and offices, and public or private parking, and for the installation of electricity meters.

In the framework of this study, both companies expect to develop specific actions to assess the optimum viability of electric cars. General Motors Europe and Iberdrola will analyse E-REV technology and the electrical network capacity and will specify the conditions for the electrical charge of vehicles.

In the event of the viability research being positive, both companies foresee to evaluate possible agreements with the different European, national, regional and local governments, to support the implementation of this initiative.