GM’s communications service OnStar could some day enable owners of GM’s electric car the Volt to charge their cars primarily with any available clean power. OnStar says it’s partnered with grid wholesale operator PJM Interconnection to test out a service that receives a signal for how much solar or wind power is available when a Volt is charging.
OnStar could grab that clean power signal and deliver it to the electric car owner via a dashboard or mobile app and enable the car owner to decide when to charge the car. OnStar says Google is testing out the tech on 17 of its Volts at its headquarters. OnStar is showing off the tech at the DistribuTECH show in San Antonio, Texas this week and I got a brief glimpse of the tech at the booth.