How Might Electric Vehicles Affect Electrical Loads? Expanded Online Tool Provides Quick Answer

    By Juliane Ding, LCF Intern

    With the rising popularity of Electric Vehicles, the tools have advanced to handle the demand for accommodating the sheer number of EV’s. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a laboratory under the U.S Department of Energy with the mission to advance energy efficiency and sustainable transportation. Their research has helped the electric vehicle expansion to continue smoothly into the future as continuous growth has been pursued. 

    NREL states, “As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, utilities and community planners are increasingly focused on building resilient energy systems that can support the added electrical load from EV charging.” 

    As planners focus on multiple factors that impact a consumer’s charging experience, adapting is now easier with a new tool that has been developed.

    NREL researchers have expanded the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite tool to include more analytic capabilities.

    Previously, the tool developed by the NREL and California Energy Commission was limited to allowing users to estimate how many chargers and what kind of chargers a city, region, or state may need to support an influx of EVs. 

    “In an added online application, those same users can take it a step further to predict how that added EV charging will impact electricity demand, or load shapes, in their area at any given time” states NREL.

    Learn more about recent expansions to the EVI-Pro Lite tool in an NREL news story.

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