PHOTO CAPTION: FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff

FERC Head Sees Need to Integrate Electric Cars into Power Grid

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff embraces concept of vehicle-to-grid capabilities as way to utilize intermittent renewable energy.

Published: 27-Jan-2009

WASHINGTON -- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Monday regulators and the automobile industry must integrate electric vehicles into the national power grid.

The call by the newly appointed FERC chairman is in line with President Barack Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wean the country off of crude imports, and comes as the President announced two major initiatives that would increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

FERC has the power to implement rate structures that could encourage the growth of the hybrid industry.


With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.

Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.


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