A California electric car company called ZAP has licensed a battery-charger controller developed by the folks at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in the Tri-Cities.
ZAP has made trucks and electric vehicles for customers in more than 70 countries.
It announced it will use the controller (or time scheduler) to determine the best time for charging up an electric vehicle's lithium-ion batteries.
The controller technology allows electric car owners to recharge their rides at times of lowest cost and least stress on the grid.
The ZAP deal is a non-exclusive arrangement, a press release noted.
"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.