Articles Archive

What's Next for the Electric Highway?

By: Mark Karen Larsen
June 2013

This year's Plug-In 2013 agenda will examine the latest insights on advanced PEV technology, infrastructure and user experiences through its three breakout session tracks.

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A Consumer's Guide to the Electric Vehicles

By: Mark Duvall
August 2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a basic consumer guide that addresses questions about electric vehicle technology and performance. With a variety of electric and hybrid technologies now available commercially, potential buyers are looking to understand which options might best match their needs.

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Getting Power to Your Electric Vehicle

By: Morgan Davis
August 2011

Most of us recognize that the process of getting gasoline from the oil well to your car's fuel tank is complicated, but few recognize that the process of getting electricity to your home or workplace is complicated also. Electricity can come from many different sources and locations. As the driver of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) it is important for you to understand where the electricity you use to charge your vehicle comes from, what it means to refuel your vehicle from electricity, and to maximize the many benefits of electric drive.

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Recycling Electric Vehicle Batteries

By: Haresh Kamath
August 2011

Many prospective electric vehicle owners ask what will be done with the battery at the end of its life. Are we going to end up with huge stacks of old vehicle batteries in junkyards or in landfills? Vehicle manufacturers are putting a lot of thought and effort into making sure the answer is "no."

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Charging Vehicles with Solar Power and Energy Storage

By: John Halliwell
August 2011

There is a strong interest in coupling renewable energy resources with electric vehicle charging. EPRI is working with utility collaborators to develop system designs for just such facilities. The initial EPRI effort was completed in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in consultation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The outcome of this initial work was a base design for a solar assisted charging station with battery storage.

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Potential Impacts of Vehicles on the Grid

By: Arindam Maitra
August 2011

The rapidly approaching commercialization of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) has created an urgent need for utilities to support customer adoption of these plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), prepare for the installation of charging infrastructure in their service territories, and manage the impact of these new loads on the electric distribution system.

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Charging and Its Correlation to 'Gasoline Starts'

By: Morgan Davis
August 2011

The rapidly approaching commercialization of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) has created an urgent need for utilities to support customer adoption of these plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), prepare for the installation of charging infrastructure in their service territories, and manage the impact of these new loads on the electric distribution system. In response to the overall need, EPRI initiated a multi-year project with 20 utilities to understand PEV system impacts with several utilities in the United States and Europe.

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