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 …

Superfast Charging For Big Auto Arrives! New 150–350 kW Charging Station From ABB

October 3rd, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica If you want to jump straight to the news, scroll down to the picture of the new ABB superfast charging station and start reading from there. Two years ago in Florida, I gave a presentation at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit titled “EV R&D and the Future.” It was based on our first big EV driver report. …

2017/18 Drive Clean Seattle Implementation Actions and Categories

2017/18 Drive Clean Seattle Implementation:  Strategy Action Smart Cities: Leverage technology to advance the goals of a shared, clean and equitable transportation system. Advance electric shared mobility at Shared Mobility Hubs by developing infrastructure implementation roadmap for Shared Mobility Hubs. Develop a policy framework for autonomous vehicles to encourage investment in electric vehicle technologies and shared mobility. Race and Social Justice: Maximize …

Grid of tomorrow can be one which rewards beneficial EV charging behavior and driver input to manage load distribution

By Eric Schmidt, September 4, 2017, Fleet Carma, in Electric Utilities The electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. Bloomberg estimates EVs will account for 35% of new vehicle sales worldwide by 2040. The increase in electric cars means the load on electricity systems are also on the rise. This poses a problem for electric utilities around the world. New electric vehicles such as the …