The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives

September 13, 2018

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a webinar to discuss a new report, The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives.

Download the report at FEUR.lbl.gov.

Electric vehicles (EVs) today are a small part of the U.S. transportation fleet. Technological advancements, automotive industry investments and state policies are driving increased transportation electrification. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that by 2040, 55 percent of new sales of automobiles worldwide will be EVs.

Increased transportation demand for electricity will require additional investments in the distribution system and will impact the bulk power system as load profiles change. At the same time, managed EV charging and discharging can make more efficient use of distribution system assets and increase grid flexibility. EVs also hold promise for lowering transportation costs and reducing air emissions.

Infrastructure needs to electrify transportation across the United States far exceed current investment plans by EV charging companies, the public sector and others. Utilities are building “make-ready” infrastructure to ease development of public charging stations and offering rates tailored for EVs, and some utilities are directly investing in charging stations.