European transmission system operators consider electromobility as a “powerful resource” for decarbonisation and energy system flexibility. As the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) gathers pace, a key issue for users in general and the power sector in particular is the suitability of the charging infrastructure. As the interface between the worlds of transport and energy increases it is clearly crucial in the development of both in terms of providing the charging experience without impacting – and even benefitting – the power system. While EVs connect to the distribution grid, their impacts also extend to the transmission grid with the TSOs and DSOs both users of flexibility.

At the heart of the issue is the need for a managed charging process with smart charging and relevant vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, in order to enable the smoothing of demand peaks and EV users to benefit from lower charging energy costs. In a new paper Europe’s TSO association ENTSO-E set out recommendations to avoid the risk of missing the multiple opportunities of smart charging and V2G. These include promoting coordinated planning for charging infrastructure and the electric grid and deploying electromobility ‘enablers’ including private and […]

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