Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles provide societal benefits and both challenges and opportunities to grid operators. While electrification of transportation is a key strategy for greenhouse gas reduction and national energy security, electric vehicle charging loads may have adverse impacts on system ramps and peaks and overloading of the distribution system. However, these same load sources can be turned into valuable grid resources with advanced controls and communication. The Demand Response Resource Center is working hard to evaluate and demonstrate the potential of electric vehicles as electricity storage resources for a number of grid applications, including fast demand response, wholesale ancillary services and behind-the-meter services.

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