Electric vehicles are cleaner than combustion vehicles everywhere, including China

Excerpt from Forbes Feb 2018 Electric vehicles are definitely growing around the world, and will top 300 million shortly after 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. UPS just announced a partnership with Workhorse to build about 35,000 electric vans for its delivery fleet based, in part, on how much easier it is now to charge them. This is extremely important because a third …

Electric vehicles can be a grid asset, but only with planning

Excerpt from Smart Cities Dive, Jan 2018 Matteo Muratori, a transportation and energy systems engineer at NREL, concludes in a new paper titled “Impact of Uncoordinated Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging on Residential Power Demand,” that just a few vehicles in the same geographic areas could put stress on residential distribution transformers. And for a number of socio-economic reasons, electric vehicle adoption includes …

Tesla EV truck/semi-charging will be a collaborative venture

Tesla is collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and United Parcel Service Inc to build on-site charging terminals at their facilities as part of the automaker’s efforts to roll out the vehicle next year. Details of the partnerships, which have not been disclosed previously, are still being hammered out, but include design and engineering from Tesla, the companies said. They declined to …

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for the EV Tsunami

The good news is that if EV charging is done right, meaningful cuts in emissions from the U.S. transportation sector can begin to be made, and the load of charging stations can be managed to optimize the grid and reduce the cost of electricity for all customers while simultaneously increasing the grid’s ability to absorb a larger share of clean …

EV charging, convenience, and supporting the grid

Convenience: The True Challenge Of Electric Vehicle Adoption By Samantha Tung, 4 Oct 2017  In Electric Cars, EV Industry Factors Encouraging Electric Vehicle Adoption With fires across the western United States, historically dangerous hurricanes in the Caribbean and flooding in South Asia, the conversation regarding climate change has ramped up in recent months. It’s difficult to point towards natural disasters in one calendar …

Electric Vehicles Are Here. Now We Need to Figure Out How to Charge Them

Justin Worland, Time Magazine, 12 Oct 2017 In the century since the dawn of the mass-market car, more than 100,000 gas stations have popped up along the country’s 4 million miles of roads and highways–and a stop to refuel became a crucial part of the quintessential U.S. road trip. But the heyday of the gas station as a place to …

Bloomberg, Barclays: EVs coming, utilities should plan for it

A research note from Barclay’s Bank last week summed up what the boom in electric vehicles, along with gains in fuel efficiency, might mean for oil demand—a reduction, by 2025, almost as large as Iran’s total production. And if electric vehicles seize a third of the car market by 2040, the drop in demand would be nearly as much as Saudi Arabia …

5,000 miles of highways in the US west to be outfitted with fast chargers

Forget outfitting 2,000 miles of U.S. highways with electric vehicle charging stations. Why not go for 5,000? Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said he and the governors of six other Western states have a plan to create a network of fast-charge stations that will ease range anxiety among electric vehicle drivers traveling along major transportation corridors in the region. Eleven interstate …

Making the grid more efficient, modulating demand with electric vehicles, updates and recommendations for utilities and cities

Making the Grid More Efficient As a large new source of electricity demand, electric vehicles can cut transportation-related pollution and give grid managers unprecedented ability to make the electricity system more efficient.  Timed charging of electric vehicles means afternoon surges in electricity demand can be smoothed out (shown right) by steadily increasing demand from electric cars. Additionally, electric cars can …