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Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is supporting the University of Southern California (USC) as it develops a special campus-wide Smart Grid Living Laboratory project including the use of Mitsubishi i-MiEV 100% electric vehicles. Credit: PRNewsFoto/Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

The University of Southern California (USC) is developing a campus-wide Smart Grid "Living Laboratory" project.

Conducted in coordination with the Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the project will use Mitsubishi i-MiEV 100 percent electric vehicles (EV) to further develop and improve virtually all phases of EV infrastructure to accommodate widespread EV usage in the future.

The two-year project will simulate a city with a population between 50,000 to 60,000 as they document their experiences operating a fleet of electric vehicles under a wide range of conditions and simulations. The research is expected to provide a useful pool of data for technical and behavioral research projects going forward.

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