Energy Research Hot Spot: Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles will take advantage of new and more affordable technology to become cheaper than gasoline powered cars within five years, but their real power is the transformation of the electricity business. The proliferation of electric vehicles means millions of new, smart devices that can draw from and contribute to the grid, reshaping utility policies, public infrastructure and more.
Here you’ll find ILSR’s original research and perspective on electric vehicles.
Our Articles Featuring Electric Vehicles:
Slow-to-Accelerate EV Charging Program Provides Lessons for Improvement by Karlee Weinmann – July 12, 2017
Video: Choosing the Electric Avenue, Electric Vehicles Webinar by Nick Stumo-Langer – June 23, 2017
Should Energy Storage Share the Tax Credits for Renewable Energy? by Nick Stumo-Langer – August 15, 2016
100% Renewable Energy: Fact or Fantasy? by John Farrell – August 28, 2015
How to Sell Electric Cars by John Farrell – January 13, 2012
With Electric Cars, U.S. States Can Boost Energy Self-Reliance by John Farrell – October 4, 2011
EV Charging Station Charges Cars and Supports the Grid by John Farrell – January 24, 2011
A Look At Electric Vehicle Economics by John Farrell – January 19, 2011
Nissan Leaf Owners Seek Self-Reliance by John Farrell – January 14, 2011
Storage Potential of Electric Vehicles by John Farrell – October 19, 2010
Following the Rules:
With respect to charging electric vehicles (EVs), the ideal scenario would result in a maximum amount of renewable energy flowing into the vehicle’s battery packs while at the same time utilizing our existing infrastructure (power plants, transmission/distribution lines) as efficiently as possible. To meet this scenario, the timing of charging up vehicles must be compared to the timing of power plants supplying that electricity to the grid. …read more from ILSR.
Vancouver has established an electric vehicle (EV) charging system requirement for new construction – both single family and multi-family properties.
In October 2009, a new rule (Vancouver By-law No. 9936) requires 20% of the parking spots in new multi-family developments in Vancouver to have charging ports for electric vehicles. Vancouver is reportedly the first jurisdiction in the world to implement this kind of charging station requirement for new buildings. EV advocates hope that it can serve as a model for other cities in North America. The charging stations would consist of 240V outlets giving relatively fast charging times for EVs of around 3-5 hours. The city also announced a plan to enhance public charging infrastructure around the city. …read more from ILSR.