Manitoba Hydro (canada) recently launched a research and development project to review the potential of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and the possible impact that the new technology could have on future Manitoba Hydro electrical load growth and energy markets.
Manitoba Hydro worked with EnergyCS to convert a 2005 Toyota Hybrid Prius to a PHEV. EnergyCS replaces the original Prius battery pack with a 9 kWh Valence Saphion lithium-ion battery pack. (Earlier post.) EnergyCS developed plug-in hybrid conversion kits that are manufactured, marketed and distributed by EDrive Systems, LLC.
This new technology has potential to offer multiple benefits to Manitobans including significantly reducing driving costs and vehicle emissions. Manitoba is well positioned to take advantage of plug-in vehicles because of our low-cost clean energy advantage.—Greg Selinger, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro
One of our goals at Manitoba Hydro is to be a national leader in implementing cost-effective energy conservation and alternative energy programs. We have taken a proactive approach by conducting research into alternative transportation fuels, such as biodiesel, as well as alternative transportation technologies, some of which are becoming available and suitable to Manitoba, including the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.—Bob Brennan, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro is monitoring the vehicle in everyday use as commuter transportation. As well, it will be evaluating data such as power system information like voltage and current harmonics, as well as ambient temperature, kWh consumption and gasoline consumption. One aspect of interest to Manitoba Hydro in this research is battery performance in the province’s cold weather conditions.
Manitoba Hydro believes that because of Manitoba’s low cost, clean electricity and high cost of gasoline, there is the potential for considerable demand for PHEV usage over the next 10 to 20 years. Therefore, Manitoba Hydro will look at the possible impact that this new technology could have on the province’s power system.