Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks used primarily for freight transportation, which have 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 to mind. However, electricity generation is only part of the decarbonization puzzle. The climate crisis calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach to decarbonizing the world’s goods and services, including how they are designed, …

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 …

Time of use rates can halve increase in electricity load from EVs. Storage makes the rest a benefit through V2G support

Looking into the future, the most exciting technologies are vehicle-to-grid (V2G), which allows EV batteries to discharge energy to the grid, and smart charging, which uses algorithms to optimize charging times. Implementing these technologies could turn EVs into a valuable asset for the grid — not only would smart charging minimize the negative effects of increased electrical consumption, but V2G …

How to implement a successful EV charging network, financially and technically

How Cities Can Support Successful EV Charging Networks, February 16th, 2019 by Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica As part of CleanTechnica’s Cleantech Revolution Tour in Warsaw, Poland, Zachary Shahan began a panel discussion about the hurdles, potential, and best practices of EV charging infrastructure. His group of panelists constituted truly early adopters and early entrepreneurs in the transition, mostly EV charging leaders who were able to …

Portable, faster charging for Teslas

January 16th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica:  New Tesla Home Charging Station Offers Faster Charging, Plus You Can Take It With You Until now, Tesla offered its customers two home charging options — the Gen 2 Mobile Connector that comes standard with all new Teslas or a hard-wired wall-mounted charger. Now it is offering Tesla owners a third option — a new …

Congestion tolling with mileage-based user fees or a VMT tax better for low income drivers

By Chet Edelman, September 17th, 2018 in News in SSTI, Tags: congestion pricing, equity, VMT fees,  Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder? While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at Purdue University has found that a less onerous tax alternative may exist—one that combines …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

Electric Vehicle Charging Demand Response Pilot Jedlix and Kraftwerke in Netherlands

September 11th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica  Cologne, Germany-based Next Kraftwerke has partnered with electric vehicle smart charging platform provider Jedlix on a new pilot that will aggregate electric vehicle charging stations as a deployable demand response unit aka secondary control reserve (aFFR) on its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The pilot was tendered by the transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT to …

EVs now 4 million, 5 million in 6 mos. Most Important Charging is Home (or Work to maximize solar use). GM & Delta Americas Working On 180 Miles In 10 Minutes Charging.

September 4th, 2018 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica General Motors is partnering with Delta Americas to develop extremely fast charging technology that will allow electric car drivers to add 180 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes, according to Bloomberg. To put that into context, that is three times as many miles as Tesla drivers can add in 10 minutes using today’s Superchargers and …

Utility PG&E to test price signals, load management strategies in EV charging program

Excerpt from Utility Dive, April 2018 As Pacific Gas & Electric begins to roll out electric vehicle charging stations, the utility is focused on how to manage that demand efficiently. On UtilityDive.com by Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, 4 Apr 2018 For the last few years, the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities have been rolling out plans, pilots and ports in their bid to …