Launching electric transport with the grid we already have
Expanding electric transport could be used to exploit existing power grid capacity, if the right smart grid technologies are deployed and combined with the inherent flexibility in when electric vehicles (EVs) can be charged, writes the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) in an analysis. “If we get pricing and technology right, EVs could leverage the large amount of unused existing capacity, from the local distribution system right up to central station power plants,” writes RAP. Assessing existing capacity would forestall unnecessary investment and, in so doing, offer benefits to all consumers, not just those who choose to adopt EVs, writes RAP.
Find the analysis in English here.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?