Rapid Energy Vehicles is creating a modular system for converting the massive stock of existing vehicles from gasoline/diesel engine to electric with lithium batteries for energy storage. Renewable energy systems will benefit from this innovative approach which includes the ability to be charged inexpensively from the grid but also the ability to inject back into the grid on demand.
Rapid Electric Vehicles has delivered the first of four revolutionary all-electric APVs to the US Army Tank Automotive Research Center (TARDEC) in Hawaii this week in partnership with Honeywell Aerospace. At the Wheeler Air Force Base the vehicles will be part of a micro-grid demonstration making use of REVʼs unique bi-directional charging capabilities. APV stands for Ancillary Power Vehicle, all electric high performance fleet vehicles that are more than just zero emission trucks.
APVʼs include REVʼs proprietary energy storage and powertrain system that allow vehicle operators to invert its stored electricity and power industrial equipment, buildings and homes, in effect a mobile energy transport system. As such REV APVʼs are vehicles that provide considerable fuel savings to fleets and much needed storage on the grid and off-the-grid, making renewable energy options like solar and wind, much more flexible.
Using wireless control APVʼs can be viewed online as an energy storage resource distributed throughout a region. With a signal from the utility, APVʼs can instantly charge energy from and discharge energy to the grid wherever the vehicle is plugged, to help prevent blackouts and increase the reliability of power grids in the utilityʼs local areas.
REVʼs CEO Jay Giraud explains, "REVʼs APVs lie at the intersection of the automotive and energy industries. Our APV technology is eliminating transportation emissions, networking large amounts of power and storage and making it highly accessible anywhere. APVs will change the definition of the car and bring accessible power and storage right into densely populated areas, where consumption is high and reliability is needed most." REVʼs technology signifies a shift towards a more reliable grid system as more APVs hit the road.
The US Military and Honeywell Aerospace is just one example of this shift. REV's launch partners include more than 25 APVs for the City of Santa Monica, the City of Surrey, City of Welland, Burlington Hydro and a major undisclosed power utility. More REV APVs will be rolling of the assembly line throughout the new year. "REV is at the frontier of a major shift in the automotive industry. Distributed, rolling energy storage will be a game-changer," according to Jigar Shah, CEO of the Carbon War Room and founder of Sun Edison. REV has additional launch partners in the construction, utility, military and municipal segments with expected orders of more than 200 APVs in 2011. Following these launch orders REV is preparing to scale production beyond 15,000 vehicles through 2014.