Chartwell: North American Utilities Preparing For Electric Vehicles

New survey data from research firm Chartwell Inc. suggest that a rising number of North American utilities are implementing or considering programs to prepare for an increase in electric-vehicle use.

According to the report, ‘Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid,’ utilities have recognized that they can ‘facilitate economic growth, encourage energy efficiency and promote the smart grid through electric-vehicle programs,’ Chartwell says.

‘The technology and infrastructure are starting to be put in place for electric vehicles to extend their reach beyond the early adopters,’ says Darren Epps, a Chartwell research analyst. ‘This provides an opportunity for utilities to transform their business models and provide another level of service, fuel economic growth and better sustain the grid through education.’

SOURCE: Chartwell

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