Time to take EV charging smart
Full-scale electrification of road transport in France, Italy, Spain and the UK could save each country as much as €1.3bn. Savings would be dependent upon the level of infrastructure investment to support electric mobility and the use of smart charging, according to the Batteries on Wheels report from UK Transport & Environment.
The use of smart charging would reduce the need to build new energy plants, as well as providing a medium for excess renewable energy that cannot be reintegrated into the grid.
“EV charging could represent an important load on the power system,” says the report. “The way in which vehicles are charged will determine whether EV charging represents a net cost or net benefit to the power system”
“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report.,” states Julia Poliscanova, T&E’s clean vehicles and e-mobility manager. “On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster.”