Electric Vehicles & the Smart Grid

Electric vehicles and the smart grid: Where is the tipping point and how can we avoid it?

To the average consumer, nearly everything about electric vehicles seems risky: their expensive batteries, their weight, and worst of all the risk of getting stranded somewhere you don’t want to be. But what we really should be worrying about is what will happen if we plug too many electric vehicles into the existing smart grid.

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Driving Sustainable Electro-Mobility

By 2017, IDC predicts that plug-in cars will make up 3% to 4% of all new cars. That may not sound like much, but if drivers tried to charge all vehicles at the same time, today’s electric grid would not be able to cope, and – according to experts – blackouts would be inevitable. Here’s how to prevent it.

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Utilities: 4 Ways to Manage Electric Vehicles

Though the number of electric vehicles is still relatively small, their impact at the local level is large. Here are four ways the growing number of electric vehicles on the road will impact utilities companies – and the actions these companies must take in order to avoid overloading the grid.

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Will Electric Cars Cause Blackouts?

As more governments encourage the use of electric cars through mandates, tax breaks, and other mechanisms, utilities will need to figure out how to deliver power to those cars reliably and efficiently – without compromising their smart grids or cutting further into already razor-thin profit margins.