One of the perks of owning an electric vehicle is being able to charge your car at night. It's convenient and affordable for a lot of people because electricity demand is usually low. The demand for overnight charging is going to increase as more people buy electric vehicles, according to a new study.
Increasing EV ownership in the western US could lead to a 25 percent increase in net electricity demand by the year of California banning the sale of gas-powered cars.
Increasing EV ownership in the west could lead to a 25 percent increase in electricity demand.
If every vehicle on the road is a plug-in model, that demand could rise to as much as 50 percent. The glory days of cheap overnight charging may be over due to more demand.
The study recommends that vehicle owners do more daytime charging at work or at public charging stations. As more renewable sources of power generation come online, this becomes even more crucial.
Timing is more important than total demand in the future grid with higher renewable generation, according to a study. Shifting drivers from home to daytime charging improves all metrics of grid impact. The insight is strong across different levels of EV adoption.
Even though California has the highest number of EV registered in the country, it's not the only problem.
According to the study, all states may need to rethink their electricity pricing structures as their EV charging needs increase.
Getting more drivers to switch to plug-in power is seen as crucial in fighting climate change. Many challenges await. It is more difficult to find an EV than a gas-powered one. EV adoption in the US is seen as a barrier due to unreliable charging infrastructure. The materials that are needed for the batteries are in high demand.
The Biden administration has identified charging as a challenge and has funneled billions of dollars into projects across the country to install more charging stations. Proper grid management will become more of an issue as EV sales continue to go up.
The business case for building more charging stations has been made more difficult by the fact that demand charges from utility companies tend to dominate. The cost of electricity is determined by how much they charge. If the government wants to encourage EV charging, these calculations need to be changed.