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Report: EPRI Report Defines Potential Roles for Utilities as Electric Vehicles Take to the Road

PALO ALTO, Calif. – (July 19, 2011) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) today released a report on the status and technology of electric vehicles and the potential role that utilities will play in integrating electric transportation into resource planning,

The report, Transportation Electrification: A Technology Overview, provides a detailed status on the commercial rollout of plug-in electric vehicles, describes key vehicle and infrastructure technologies, and outlines plans and actions that utilities can adopt in facilitating the more widespread use of these vehicles.

“The report can be used by utilities as they plan for electric transportation,” said Mark Duvall, director of Electric Transportation research at EPRI. “These plans can address the adoption of plug-in vehicles and charging by their customers, adding charging infrastructure, and minimizing the impacts of widespread vehicle charging on electric distribution systems.”

The report identifies potential grid impacts as well as the variables associated with charging infrastructure and time-of-use and variable pricing options for charging electric vehicles.

You can download this report at:

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.


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