Electric Avenue: Fostering a Transportation Energy Transformation

Developments in transportation, electrical utility and IT and ITS are heading toward a major collision due to increased interest in electric vehicles, writes the author of this lengthy article. Integrating these sectors may be pivotal for the ultimate success of electric vehicles, which are poised to enter the market in the next few years. Smart grid infrastructures with advanced metering, system control and microgrid concepts based on small-scale generation sources are proceeding. The author describes automobile companies’ investments in EV technology, the new lithium-based battery systems, and the development of renewable portfolio standard rules in most U.S. states that require increasing purchases of renewable power by utilities to sell in local markets. He also notes that EVs can actually help utility grids by providing ancillary services, such as regulating the frequency of the grid, when they are plugged in. These vehicles can also act as emergency power sources for homes, hotels and hospitals at times of electrical power outages. He asserts that a key linkage between EVs and smart grids will ultimately allow numerous interactions that will benefit both the transport and electricity sectors.


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  • Accession Number: 01145324
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2009 5:40PM