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Electric vehicles (EV’s) from Tesla, VW, Volvo, Mercedes, Ford, and GM will begin to dominate new vehicle sales in the US by 2025. In parallel, trucking fleets and municipal transportation systems are undergoing a battery driven digital transformation.

Our online purchases are already transferred from distribution centers directly to our homes. The electrification/digitization of the entire supply chain, from personalized/bespoke design to same day fulfillment, is rapidly becoming a reality.

At the same time, the movement of goods and services is de-carbonizing. By 2050, EV transportation fleets, from local delivery to long-distance hauling, will drive a 38% increase in electricity consumption over the current baseline. Peak demand generated by EV charging will have a significant impact on electric utility planning, grid operations, reliability assessments, and electricity markets(National Renewable Energy Laboratory.)

Electric utilities are experiencing a sea change in their operating requirements. The current status of stagnant power demand is shifting to a compound annual growth rates of 1.6%, leading to a sustained absolute growth rate of 80 terawatt-hours per year. This will force a massive upgrade in the grid’s supply-side infrastructure development.

What About the Grid?

To survive in this rapidly evolving environment, the grid must be capable of dynamically/flexibly supporting the highly variable loads required to meet the needs of the decarbonized supply chain. As currently constructed, the grid might not be capable of delivering the power necessary to support the simultaneous charging of multiple EVs, especially as DC Fast Charging stations proliferate.

The current thinking from utilities is to offer Time of Use (TOU) financial incentives to EV owners to change their power utilization behaviors, charging at times when the grid might be less “challenged,” as in plugging-in overnight.

These short-term utility industry solutions, focused on residential EV charging, will not address the rapidly expanding need to service commercial EV trucking and municipal transportation’s critical scheduling requirements. Peak power capability is therefore a primary factor limiting commercial EV adoption.

In response, DemandQ, the leader in cloud based intelligent demand optimization, has developed a new family of services that dynamically and continuously smooth the load induced by commercial rapid charging stations in concert with all the other cycling/variable loads operating in the workplace, like HVAC systems.

Unlike every other solution in the marketplace, DemandQ, having been designed from its inception as a cloud-based solution, delivers its services at grid scale, enabling the aggregation of multiple loads across an entire utility operating area.

The seamless integration of DemandQ’s services, enabled through an open API that is compliant with the Open Charge-point Alliance’s OCPP standard, and our long-standing support of the Tridium Niagara framework, will help usher in the coming EV transportation transformation.    

Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Engine. We all wish it a happy retirement.

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