Europe gets first converted Scion xB eBox
The eBox, repackaged from mainstream Scion xBs by AutoPort Inc. of New Castle, Del., has quietly made a name for itself. The first refitted car, now 4 years and 11 months old and with 70,000 miles on it, still uses lithium-ion batteries in exceeding a 100-mile driving range with no problems, brags its creators. The eBox's impact has been so impressive that it became the muse for BMW's MINI EV.
In Denmark, the university's newly minted eBox has work to do. It will play a part in evaluating a Vehicle to Grid operation in Kongens Lyngby.
The research is pragmatic. The goal, attainable: to integrate electric vehicles like the "test" eBox with Denmark's electric power grid, whose main propellant is wind power drawn from offshore farms.
“Integration between the power grid and electric vehicles will become essential and beneficial as EV numbers increase over the next decade,” said Tom Gage, CEO of San Dimas, Calif.-based AC Propulsion, a pioneer in electric-car technology that was founded in 1992. “The University of Delaware has developed communication and control systems for V2G technology and has had good results on the U.S. grid.
“In Denmark, (researchers) will now shift its focus to another important application of V2G research, which is buffering intermittent renewable energy resources. Working to integrate the power grid and EVs, as part of the 'Smart Grid' initiative, makes economic sense because it benefits EV users and provides power back to the grid. We are happy to be working with DTU and look forward to furthering V2G implementation in Europe.”