DTE Energy of southeastern Michigan invited PHEV-curious consumers into its “Smart Garage” at the North American International Auto Show. What the heck is a PHEV? Well it’s a hybrid-hybrid. Confused? It’s pretty simple actually. You have a normal hybrid vehicle that can be plugged in and ran as an electric vehicle. Once that energy starts to run a little low the normal hybrid system fires up. AT the NAIAS, DTE energy demonstrated how electric vehicle users will use smart meter technology to recharge their vehicle using renewable energy sources such as solar panels.
In this video, DTE Energy manager Hawk Asgeirsson talks about the potential for electric vehicles and smart garages.
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