AES Corporation, one of the world’s largest global power companies, has joined the Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium (earlier post) in support of the development of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
The Consortium is made up of a growing number of automotive suppliers, manufacturers and other organizations working together to accelerate the commercial production of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
We see PHEVs as a practical and economical way to help meet our nation's transportation, environmental and energy goals in a sustainable way, and we look forward to continuing to play a leadership role in alternative energy through our membership in the Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium.—Robert Hemphill, AES Executive Vice President
Current members of the Consortium include:
- A123 Systems (Lithium-ion batteries)
- AES Corporation (Power company)
- Brusa (Power electronics)
- Daiken (Lithium-ion batteries)
- Delta-Q Technologies (Power electronics)
- Electrovaya (Lithium-ion batteries)
- ENAX (Lithium-ion batteries)
- International Battery (Lithium-ion batteries)
- Maxwell Technologies (Ultracapacitors and energy storage)
- NexxtDrive Ltd (Transmissions)
- PG&E (Utility)
- Raser Technologies (Electric motors)
- Solomon Technologies (Electric Drive Systems)
- Southern California Edison (Utility)
- Hydrogenics (Hydrogen generation and fuel cells)
The Consortium is targeting the development of “dual-mode plug-in hybrids”—hybrids that operate in the first 20 to 50 miles in all-electric mode, and automatically switch to the internal combustion engine-hybrid mode for longer distances.
AES is an $11-billion company with operations in 26 countries. Its 122 power generation facilities have the capacity to generate approximately 44,000 megawatts.