EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Free DC Fast Charging From Volta Charging

October 14th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica When it comes to charging your electric car, you can choose one of the thousands of free Level One AC chargers all across America or you can hook up with any of the commercial networks like Charge Point, EVGo, or Blink that offer Level 3 DC fast chargers and pay the going rate. …

Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Puts Businesses in Driver’s Seat of EV Revolution

V2G technologies and their income streams mean businesses more than consumers could drive EV adoption. JOHN PARNELL SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, GTM V2G could mean big money for EV fleet operators. (Shutterstock) 1 Vehicle-to-grid technologies and the income streams they will generate mean businesses — rather than consumers — could become the key driver of EV adoption, according to one U.K. …

If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

National League of Cities urges cities to consider congestion charging systems

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Congestion pricing is a type of road-user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area …

Why Building Owners Should Care About Increasing EV Adoption

Also: Seattle City Light: Transportation Electrification Strategy Report 2019  |  By Lynn Daniels and Brendan O’Donnell DOWNLOAD Shares Rocky Mountain Institute worked with Seattle City Light to develop the first comprehensive transportation electrification strategy for a municipal utility, looking across all market segments—personally owned vehicles, trucks, buses, and shared mobility. The market and policy landscape for transportation electrification is changing rapidly. Private developers …

Barcelona, Stockholm, and Amsterdam

Rather out of date but still good info… Barcelona already boasts a strong public transit system. Several buses, a robust metro system and a seemingly popular public bicycle program make mobility easy. In a current effort to develop a casebook of global EV activities, the Clean Energy Ministerial found that in Barcelona, only about 24 percent of the citizenry relies on personal …

‘Nearly all’ high voltage EV charging stations lose money: Report

GPI’s research showed that it is generally less expensive to operate a single 50 kW charger, and those can break even with less than a dozen customers per day. However, “in most other cases, it is very difficult for a DCFC station to break even due to demand charges.” Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug. 22, 2019 Demand charges continue to …

Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks, mainly for freight transportation. The EV shift is promising but there are particular charging needs.

Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks, mainly for freight transportation. The EV shift is promising (see UC-Davis May 2019 research) but there are particular charging needs. May 18th, 2019 by Rocky Mountain Institute  Originally published on the Rocky Mountain Institute’s website. By Jessie Lund When most people envision climate action, images of solar panels and wind farms often come …

Utilities, charger vendors find interconnection best practices to propel EV growth

DEEP DIVE  Utilities, charger vendors find interconnection best practices to propel EV growth: Collaboration and transparency pioneered in solar interconnections can fast-start delayed transportation electrification ambitions By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, April 22, 2019 Gasoline-fueled vehicles would not get far without easy-to-access gas stations and, for the same reason, electric vehicles (EV) will need easy-to-access charging stations for the U.S …