Electrifying vehicles – how grids will cope
- Feb 3, 2020 6:26 pm GMT
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Electric vehicle (EV) numbers are on the rise as consumers start to ditch petrol and diesel in a bid to do their bit to tackle climate change. As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric vehicles to keep up with a growing demand and businesses look to electrify their fleets and install charging points, electricity grids will be under increasing pressure to cope with the impending surge in demand for power.
The local distribution, national transmission and generation infrastructure of the electricity system will all be impacted as EVs become more mainstream – unless the charging process can be effectively managed, EVs have the potential to put enormous strain on the grid. Peak charging times, the time of day that electricity demand already peaks – around 6pm – would be further impacted by people returning from work and plugging in their car.
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