EVs could help balance grid and reduce role for gas

By Andrew Walker 30 May 2017
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A Tesla S electric car on display in China. EVs could help balance the power grid. (Tesla) A Tesla S electric car on display in China. EVs could help balance the power grid. (Tesla)

Electric vehicles (EVs) could act as battery storage facilities for the power sector, helping to iron out grid intermittency and reduce the need for peak-gas plants, delegates at the Financial Times Energy Transition Strategies event heard last week.

“[EV owners] are going to be part of a multi-transactional business in which the customer isn’t just charged for charging his car but is able to contribute to demand-side management by offering the use of the battery in his car to provide storage and ancillary services,” Marco Gazzino, head of partnerships and innovation intelligence at Enel, told delegates.

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