What increasing electric vehicle use means for utilities

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A series of reports released by Pollution Probe and partner utility companies presents a strategic approach to enabling electric vehicle technology in ten Canadian cities.

The report is part of Pollution Probe’s Electric Mobility Adoption and Prediction (EMAP) initiative. EMAP’s goal is to provide electricity distribution companies with the information nessecary for successful consumer adoption of electric vehicle (EV) technology. Ten cities are covered in six reports, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, St. Catharines, London, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Calgary and Edmonton.

According to Max Cananzi, president and CEO of Horizon Utilities, the increase in electric vehicles on the road means a greater demand for electricity and for charging stations. Horizon Utilities is a holding company owned by Hamilton and St. Catharines and is the fourth largest municipal local distribution company.

While the report found that current patterns of EV charging are within Horizon Utility’s generation capacity, increasing EV battery sizes and unknown effects of load swings from charging times, might exceed capacity if nothing is done.

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“From the utility’s perspective, [the report] lays out a proactive strategy to ensure that Horizon Utilities continues to be in a position ready to handle the adoption of these new vehicles,” said Cananzi.

The Hamilton and St. Catharine report is broken down into the development of a strategic approach to handling electric vehicle use in the cities; market research on electric vehicle adoption; and an assessment of the electricity distribution system.

The six reports can be downloaded for free from http://www.pollutionprobe.org/transportation/emap-reports/


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  1. This is really good, I’m hoping more people will know what the benefits of having an EV car are. Thanks these reports. PS: that link to the reports seems to be broken


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