Electric Mobility, the New Big Challenge for Distribution Planning

Over the past decade electric vehicles, both battery and plug-in have moved from being a novelty item to a mainstream mobility platform. With new car companies leap jumping the combustion engine and ambitious policy targets being released around the globe, the pressure is mounting on conventional car manufacturers to keep pace generating a dynamic environment, which causes prices to plummet and technology advances to sky rocket. As a result, even where policy and culture do not drive the market, electric vehicles are becoming a more and more compelling alternative. However, in all the euphoria for the new technology, the oldest and largest piece of machinery ever created by man, the electricity distribution network, is being put to the stress test. With their high power, extended charging times, and their ability to constantly show up at different places, electric vehicles are putting distribution utilities, their planners and engineers,to the test.