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May 2010 Issue

PNNL licenses "smart charger" to car maker


California car maker, ZAP, plans to use the Smart Charger Controller technology developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in its charging stations internationally. The controller technology allows electric car owners to recharge their rides at times of lowest cost and least stress on the grid. "ZAP believes the patented smart car charging technology is an important feature to ensure the environmental viability of electric cars," said ZAP Founder and Director of Business Development, Gary Starr. Battelle, which manages PNNL for DOE, granted ZAP the non-exclusive license. Read the complete news release.

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