Working with teams from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), MJB&A recently completed and released a report on the challenges and opportunities of integrating grid-connected electric vehicles into the electric system. The report, written primarily for policymakers and stakeholders in the transportation and electric sectors, provides extensive background information on both grid operations and vehicle use and driving behavior, and draws regional comparisons between the U.S., Europe, and China. It offers a set of policy recommendations aimed at overcoming current hurdles to adoption - including vehicle cost, range, and charging time - by minimizing the costs of grid integration and maximizing benefits to the grid.
The report looks at the potential for vehicle owners to capture a broader range of value streams, including reducing emissions and providing regulation services to grid operators. It calls for enhanced near-term planning and coordination to enact electricity market reforms that enable electric vehicle owners to participate in electricity markets. It also reviews vehicle charging strategies, and provides suggestions on the promise and limits to different approaches.
The report is available here.
Information on ICCT can be found at www.theicct.org
Information on RAP can be found at www.raponline.org