Regional Differences in Electric Vehicle Charging Load
“How does Electric Vehicle Charging vary between regions?”
When we think of electric vehicle charging, we often think that it should be uniformly distributed within a utility’s area. However, nothing can be further from reality. Take for example the Northern Californian giant Pacific Gas and Electric. Within their region of coverage, cities such as Fresno have only a 2.4 hybrid vehicle penetration rate for new cars while in Berkeley that number climbs to 18 percent. As a result, when making choices about the future of our grid, we must take into account regional differences in electric vehicle charging load.