A researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says his new smart charger should alleviate any concerns the nation’s power grid won’t be able to keep pace with demand once electric vehicles become ubiquitous. “If a million owners plug in their vehicles to recharge after work, it could cause a major strain on the grid,” says Michael Kintner-Meyer, a PNNL engineer. “The smart-charger controller could prevent those peaks in demand from plug-in vehicles ...

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