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Taking the Community Pulse: How Prepared Are Utilities for the EV Revolution?

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Pat Hohl, PE, is Esri's director of electric industry solutions. He was a pioneer in the use of GIS for electric utilities. He has over 35 years of experience in utility engineering, technology...

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I'm curious to check in on the general opinions of the Energy Central Community when it comes to utility preparations for the coming electric vehicle (EV) revolution. If you had 60 seconds to spare, I'd love to have you answer the following questions and we'll be eager to share the results at the conclusion and our conclusions based on those responses. 

 

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Henry Craver on Aug 19, 2022

Well this will be very interesting to look back on in 5 years. I'm inclined to think there will be growing pains...there usually are with new technologies, however they might not be where we expect them. 

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Joshua Aldridge on Aug 22, 2022

Generally speaking, the vast majority of utilities from generation down to distribution are not ready for mass implementation of EV technology. Every client I work with personally is rightfully concerned about the circuit capacity impact to their systems, particularly how these assets will worsen T&D congestion and capacity. It's going to be a hard turn, but it can be made. 

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David Schaller on Aug 22, 2022

As a non-profit organization, NACFE has been working to educate commercial truck fleets on the benefits and challenges around electrification of vans to tractor-trailers. We have also been blessed to attend and speak at both DistribuTECH and EPRI Electrification this year. Truck fleets are facing both pressure from shippers to decarbonize as well as regulations from states like California and others to have EV trucks. How ready are utilities? A few are very ready, at least from what we perceive attending conferences. The challenge comes from the fact that many large truck fleets and warehouses and distribution centers in different states. So, they might be working with a utility in California that is very advanced and expect to find the same knowledge levels at other utilities around the USA. Please prepare your executive team to be chewed out if your utility isn't ready. Truck fleets may be able to obtain new battery electric trucks in as little as 6 months, but it is highly unlikely that many utilities can respond that fast. Delays in approves with utility commissions is also a big concern. We need to learn to run together but are only in the "crawl" stage right now. We WILL fall down a lot like any toddler does as they learn to walk. If you would like to further this conversation, please contact me at David.Schaller@NACFE.org

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