25 Feb '18, 9am

EV Charging Practices Risk Creating Grid Constraints

The World Economic Forum has found electric vehicles could slash travel costs and emissions in cities -- but only if policymakers heed certain guidelines. Current moves to foster EV adoption risk stressing the grid because charging infrastructure is not being deployed ahead of vehicle ownership, said the WEF in a study released this month in collaboration with Bain & Company, the management consulting firm. Without a multi-stakeholder, market-specific approach, priority for high-use vehicles and rapid rollout of charging infrastructure, “EV charging could create local constraints and stability problems on power networks and reduce the environmental benefits of electrification,” the report states. Policies and EV charging business models are also being made up “based largely on current patterns of mobility and vehicle ownership,” the WEF warns. “The uptake of privately owne...

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