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New Multi-State Study to Guide EV Charging Infrastructure and Grid Planning is Released

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Kevala, and the U.S. Department of Energy conducted a study in which they assessed the charging and grid infrastructure needs in five U.S. states to determine whether the electric grid can accommodate new demands to support increasing plugin electric vehicle (PEV) adoption. 

The Multi-State Transportation Electrification Impact Study provides an in-depth analysis of EV charging infrastructure and distribution grid upgrades for California, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.  

The report serves to answer key technical and deployment questions based on the states’ diverse travel demands and utility infrastructure, as well as strategies to manage load and benefits to the electric system. 

One of the key elements of the study is the anticipated impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rulemakings if finalized as proposed on greenhouse gas emission standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles. 

Under the EPA’s projected pathways, an additional 3.9 million PEVs could be on the road by 2032 across the five states under study. 

The study’s executive summary states, “This report provides in-depth analysis of this incremental PEV adoption locally, as well as the investment required in charging infrastructure and distribution grid upgrades that the rules could motivate.” 

Read more here. 

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