Impact of Uncoordinated Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging on Residential Power Demand

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Electrification of transport offers opportunities to increase energy security, reduce carbon emissions, and improve local air quality. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are creating new connections between the transportation and electric sectors, and PEV charging will create opportunities and challenges in a system of growing complexity. Here, I use highly resolved models of residential power demand and PEV use to assess the impact of uncoordinated in-home PEV charging on residential power demand. While the increase in aggregate demand might be minimal even for high levels of PEV adoption, uncoordinated PEV charging could significantly change the shape of the aggregate residential demand, with impacts for electricity infrastructure, even at low adoption levels. Clustering effects in vehicle adoption at the local level might lead to high PEV concentrations even if overall adoption remains low, significantly increasing peak demand and requiring upgrades to the electricity distribution infrastructure. This effect is exacerbated when adopting higher in-home power charging.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalNature Energy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5400-68518


  • demand response
  • PEV charging
  • plug-in electric vehicles
  • residential power demand
  • smart grid


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