Electric Vehicle Managed Charging: Estimating the Potential Bulk Power System Value

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


With more and more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, the grid of the future can greatly benefit from EV managed charging, which coordinates charging based on people's travel needs, electricity supply, and grid conditions. The added flexibility could be especially valuable for the bulk power system as it transitions to high shares of variable renewable generation, like wind and solar. Numerous studies have estimated the potential value of EV managed charging. In this study, NREL leveraged more detailed modeling of EV adoption, use, charging, and bulk power system operations to understand the potential value. Unique to this study, NREL modeled different charging flexibility types and dispatch mechanisms - as well as participation rates among drivers in having their EV charging managed - starting from vehicle-specific descriptions of charging flexibility. The study is based on a passenger light-duty vehicle adoption scenario with 100% EV sales by 2035 and a New England power system in 2038 with 84% clean generation and 26% of the electric load met by net imports. The 2038 New England light-duty vehicle feet is modeled as 45% electric.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A40-86875


  • demand flexibility
  • electric vehicle adoption
  • electric vehicle managed charging
  • production cost modeling
  • renewable energy
  • variable generation


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