14 Jul '11, 12pm

Better Place Argues That EVs Need Central Planner, Like Better Place: The Obama administration has called for

Better Place Argues That EVs Need Central Planner, Like Better Place: The Obama administration has called for

The Obama administration has called for one million electric cars on the road in the U.S. by 2015. But what about when there are a million electric vehicles that have to be managed by a single independent system operator? Better Place and PJM Interconnection released a new study that evaluates the impact of one million cars operating in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area and found that a central network operator is the only solution to moderate the impact of EVs on the grid and the wholesale markets -- not to mention drivers’ pocketbooks. However, the study makes assumptions about management and pricing for both central and distributed charging that suggest there will be various ways to solve the conundrum of bringing EVs on the grid en masse. The study found that with no smart charging, one million cars could add up to $750 million in annual wholesale energy costs...

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