802: Can the Transmission Grid Support a Mass Transition to EVs?
Date & Time
Friday, October 7, 2022, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Joshua Loyd

The electric vehicle (EV) market has gained momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic as internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) buyers say that the pandemic has heightened their level of environmental awareness — and crucially, these concerns are now reflected in intentions to purchase more sustainable vehicles. With EV sales doubled between 2020 and 2021, the United States finds itself trying to maintain a pace between power generation sites to provide enough power to support the transportation sector. One question that comes to mind is “Can the electric grid handle the mass transition to electric vehicles?” If all registered drivers were to start driving electric vehicles, utilities would need to consider adding an extra 30% of generation onto the grid. Currently, the problem does not lie in the generation of power, but the accessibility of charging stations and energy storage solutions for EV drivers. Utilities are struggling to keep up with demand from customers and expanding their current capacity as a result. This session will cover current challenges utilities face as more and more Americans adopt electric vehicles. In addition, energy storage solutions, a challenging supply chain environment, and charging times will be discussed and compared.

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