General Motors to Launch First Real-World Smart Grid Pilot

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For Immediate
Release
:

Tuesday,
July
19
, 2011



General Motors
to Launch

First Real
-
World Smart Grid Pilot


OnStar
c
onnectivity
will

help Chevy Volt Customers reduce driving costs




Smart grid solutions enable utilities to manage electric vehicle energy d
emands



OnStar

will be the

lone telematics provider able to create wireless bridge between
electric vehicles and the grid



Regional utility employees will drive Volts as every day vehicles in Q3


R
ALEIGH
, N.C.


General Motors
and OnStar will
launch the f
irst real
-
world pilot of
smart grid

solutions for electric vehicles this year, paving the way for utilitie
s to increase energy efficiency
and offer lower charging costs to customers.


Starting this quarter, hundreds of employees of regional utilities will
drive

leased

Chevrolet
Volts
as their everyday vehicles

and participate in the pilot
.


“In contrast to other OEMs who are only talking about smart grid technology, we’re moving
beyond research and development projects to a program in the real world,”

said

Nick Pudar,
OnStar vice president of planning and business development. “Through
this pilot
we will see
real
-
time results on how intelligent energy management can maximize EV charging efficiency
and minimize the electric bill for EV drivers.”


Many util
ity companies throughout the U
nited States

have implemented programs where
customers opt

in to allow the utility to stop and start their home air conditioning units as needed
when electricity demand is high. The customer benefit from this service is a lowe
r electricity bill.
OnStar’s smart grid solution builds on this concept, but to a much more advanced and
sophisticated level.


Through the OnStar
Advanced Telematics Operations Management System (ATOMS)
,

a

utility will
be able to
accurate
ly

monitor and
m
anage

the ener
gy used by the
vehicles
.
The
data will give
the utility deep insight into

where and when EVs are charged

and demand response, which
allows the utility to reduce peak demand by shifting EV charging to non
-
peak hour
s
.


“OnStar is the only telem
atics provider that can create a wireless bridge between electric
vehicles and the grid, building on our learning from the Chevrolet Volts on the road today,”
Pudar said.



Through OnStar
’s

ATOMS

infrastructure
and partners’ solutions,
utilities

will b
e able to
implement two
S
mart
G
rid services:




Data Gathering.

With customer permission, OnStar
will

provide the utility with overall
charge level as well as charging history


by time and location


for the Volt pilot fleet,
without the vehicles having to
connect to a charging station. This
will
give

the utility

better insight for forecasting demand, setting rates and determining the best location for
charging infrastructure.




Demand response.

OnStar will allow the utility to actively manage EV charging for

those who opt in to the service. The utility can then reduce peak loads by offering
discounts or other incentives
to
encourag
e

drivers to charge their EVs when overall
electricity demand is lowest, typically in the early morning hours.


OnStar, the automo
tive industry leader in telematics, first
demonstrat
ed EV data gathering and
demand response in February at the
DistribuTECH

conference

in San Diego.

The Chevrolet
Volt is now available in select U.S. markets and will be available nationwide by the end of the
year.


# # #


About General Motors

General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces
its roots back to
1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the
world and does business in more than 120 countries.


GM and its strategic partners produce cars and
trucks in 30 countries, and sell and

service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest
national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ger
many, Canada,
and Italy.


GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information
services.


More information on the new General Motors can be found at

www.gm.com
.


About OnStar

OnStar, a w
holly owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of connected safety and
security solutions, value
-
added mobility services and advanced information technology. Currently
available on more than 40 MY 2011 GM models, OnStar soon will be avai
lable

for
installation

on most
other vehicles already on the road through local electronics retailers, including Best Buy. The OnStar
Mobile App is a recipient of the 2011 Edison Award for Best New Product in the Remote Driving Aids
segment and OnStar Stol
en Vehicle Slowdown is a recipient of the 2010 Edison Award for Best New
Product in the Technology segment. OnStar safely connects its more than six million subscribers, in the
U.S., Canada and China, in ways never thought possible. More information about
OnStar can be found at

www.onstar.com
.


CONTACTS
:

Vijay Iyer

OnStar Communications

vijay.iyer@onstar.com

313
-
665
-
5751


Adam Denison

OnStar Communications

adam.denison@onstar.com

313
-
665
-
5127