SEDC Background Paper: The Importance of Smart Charging – April 2017
The electrification of transport is vital to reduce CO2 emissions and overall air pollution. Electrified transportation, also known as ‘e-mobility’, has the potential to be a significant source of flexibility in the overall energy system, helping the grid to integrate more renewable energy in a reliable way. Smart charging thus has the potential to allow electric vehicles to work in harmony with the grid, acting as a form of demand response, rather than simply additional demand.
With the right business model and consumer tariffs smart charging makes much more sense for a vehicle owner than normal charging. It will increase the EV penetration rate without affecting the current grid infrastructure, and will maximise the integration and use of renewable energy.