Laid off UAW 1183 workers with a suggestion for the industry. Copyright 2009 Washington Post. Used with permission.
A Message from Laid Off Auto Workers
In January of 2009, President-elect Barack Obama got a message while passing through Newark, DE.
The people holding the signs in the picture in the header are members of UAW 1183. They had just been laid off work the month before, from the Damiler-Chrysler Newark Assembly plant, which can be seen to the left in this picture of the President and Vice-president on the train.
The closed plant made only SUVs, and lack of demand plus transportation costs doomed it. But the property is being re-purposed. The sign above was prophetic in that the property now hosts the University of Delaware V2G vehicle laboratory, in what was Chrysler's operations support building.
Nuvve Corporation licenses the UD aggregator patents for use outside the United States. They now have EVs running in power markets in Denmark, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Nuvve also has non-exclusive license for the UD charging station which they manufacture and sell.
In September 2011, the University of Delaware and NRG Energy created a joint venture to commercialize grid integrated vehicles for grid services. This venture combined UD patents and technical expertise with NRG's experience in energy markets and power plant operations. See the press release about this announcement. The photo at right shows officials of NRG and the University signing the partnership agreement, with State officials looking on. Photo credit:© 2011 University of Delaware
In 2016, eV2g was moved to a new NRG division, EVgo.
Auto Port Inc.
Photo credits: (C) 2010 University of Delaware
Auto Port Inc. is a high volume auto-conversion facility located in New Castle, DE that builds V2G capable vehicles. The picture above shows serial production of eBoxes at Auto Port. The smaller photo shows technology licensed from UD that makes these EVs “Grid Integrated Electric Vehicles.” Below is the ribbon-cutting for the 1st completed eBox.
Cutting the ribbon are Roy Kirchner (President, AutoPort), Jack A. Markell (Governor of Delaware), and Hallie Reese (VP of Safety and Strategic Services at Pepco Holdings, Inc.). Other company and state officials, and the assembly workers, are in the background. Inset shows the completed vehicle driving out past the cut ribbon. Photo credit: (C) 2009, University of Delaware.
Mid-Atlantic Grid Interactive Cars Consortium - MAGICC (2007-2009)
A valuable industrial consortium, MAGICC, facilitated early demonstrations and planning for V2G and what we now call Grid Integrated Vehicles. Main consortium members included University of Delaware, Pepco Holdings, Inc. (and their subsidiary, Delmarva Power and Light), PJM, AES Corp, AC Propulsion, Comverge, and Atlantic County Utilities Authority. This effort was funded by DOE Office of Electricity and Pepco Holdings, with additional or prior support from Delaware Green Energy Fund, Delaware Economic Development Office and Google.org. See the MAGICC brochure.