Thursday’s demonstration represents the first time the 2012 prototype Prius PHEV will plug into a Silver Spring enabled smart grid charging station. The charging stations are pre-integrated with the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform – the network infrastructure, software and services to support the entire scope of applications needed to deliver a smart grid. By connecting Smart Chargers to the smart grid, utilities and consumers can charge their electric vehicles efficiently while minimizing any adverse impact on the reliability of the electric grid. Silver Spring’s integrated approach to EV charging enables utilities to capitalize on a common network infrastructure to bring multiple smart grid applications onto one unified platform, reducing operational costs and increasing operational efficiencies.
“Effectively integrating electric vehicles is one of the great promises of the smart grid and we’re excited to be working with innovative partners including Toyota, ClipperCreek, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative to make that promise a reality,” Scott said. “I’m also glad to help increase consumer awareness through Toyota’s PHEV Demonstration Program. We believe increasing vehicle-to-grid education is of the utmost importance to consumer understanding of the smart grid.”
As a part of the worldwide Toyota Prius PHEV demonstration program, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has been given three 2012 prototype Toyota PHEVs and was asked to provide driving experience feedback. Scott is among a small group of Silicon Valley executives to be chosen to test-drive the car for a month in order to demonstrate the technology and educate consumers on the benefits of these vehicles. The Leadership Group and its partner, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, are working to promote the economic, national security, environmental and other benefits of electric vehicles through broad visibility of these vehicles in the community. Toyota will use driver feedback in further development of the car.
EVENT: Toyota Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) and Silver Spring-Enabled Clipper Creek Charging Station Demonstration at Silver Spring Networks HQ
WHO: Silver Spring Networks’ CEO, Scott Lang
WHEN: Thursday, January 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Silver Spring Networks Corporate HQ
555 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Silver Spring Networks is a leading smart grid solution provider that enables utilities to achieve operational efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and empower their customers with new ways to monitor and manage their energy consumption. Silver Spring provides the hardware, software and services that allow utilities to deploy and run multiple smart grid solutions, including Smart Metering, Demand Response, Distribution Automation and Distributed Generation, over a single, unified network.
Silver Spring’s Smart Energy Platform is based on open, Internet Protocol (IPv6) standards, allowing continuous, two-way communication between the utility and devices on the grid. Silver Spring has numerous deployments with leading utilities around the world, including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and United Energy Distribution, among others.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 335 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley.
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) was launched by the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate clean energy in the region and make the Bay Area a national model. A public-private initiative, the BACC includes major partners Bank of America, Pacific Gas & Electric, Environmental Defense Fund California Energy Commission and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, as well as local governments representing over 70% of the Bay Area population. With its ambitious 10 point action plan, the BACC is driving innovation, such as an exciting $5 million electric vehicle national demonstration project for Bay Area municipal fleets.