Can Commuters Combat the Duck Curve with Plug-in Electric Vehicles? Scenario Analysis of PHEVs and BEVs

This paper evaluates the potential benefits of workplace charging for vehicle-grid integration (VGI) in a solar-heavy generation future. A rule-based model was built and scenario analysis was performed to simulate temporal distribution of charging demand under different workplace charging strategies for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). It was found that if all commuters in California drove a plug-in hybrid vehicle with 40 miles all electric range, 85% of projected additional energy produced by solar generation could be used to cleanly power travel. Similarly if all commuters drove a battery electric vehicle (BEV) with 100 miles range, 96% of the additional energy could be used.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADC70 Standing Committee on Transportation Energy.
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  • Authors:
    • Ji, Wei
    • Nicholas, Michael
    • Tal, Gil
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  • Date: 2016


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01593388
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 16-6964
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 12 2016 7:02PM