Will Mass Electric Vehicle Adoption Impact the Power Grid?

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In January 2021, the Biden administration announced its plans to transition the United States to 100 percent “clean” electricity by 2035 and to have half of all vehicles sold be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030.

One hundred percent clean energy by 2035 is an ambitious goal, and adding a considerable amount of electric vehicles (EV) to the United State’s power grid is forecasted to increase electricity demands substantially.

For example, in 2021, EV sales reached 6.6 million, reports the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). And the increase in just light-duty EVs added 1,700 gigawatt-hours in annual energy load to the U.S. grid, according to independent and non-profit energy research firm The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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