Managed Charging and EV Growth
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- Sep 6, 2019 6:00 am GMT
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For the electric vehicle charging ecosystem to be sustainable and not place undue resource constraints on the grid, EV owners will have the option of charging during off-peak hours. Key question remains, such as what is considered off-peak, does your utility have time of use pricing, and how do utilities best determine and off-peak hours as the concept seems to be a moving target especially as more electric vehicles shift the “peaks” and “troughs” of EV charging. The complex and ever changing practice of managed charging is dedicated to this very issue.
Software will play a critical role in helping drivers activate EV charging when price and energy signals make it most conducive for doing so. Managed charging software vendors and implementation firms ranging from Oracle Utilities to ChargePoint and others are already working closely with progressive utilities on pilot programs and research and development for managed charging that will help utilities understand how to set rates and predicting the behavior of drivers to determine how and when they charge their vehicles and what their charging pain points truly are. Other open questions remain around whether EV drivers will give utilities control over their vehicles to stop and start charging or to use vehicle battery power as excess power that can be fed back into the grid.