02 April 2020

Electric vehicle smart charging is the key to a sustainable grid – Read our new briefing!

With an increase in electro-mobility expected in the coming years, it is important to ensure that the power grid remains stable and avoid an unmanaged charging of electric vehicles. Thanks to “smart charging”, EVs adapt to both user preferences and the conditions of the power system, secure the stability of the grid, reduce renewable energy curtailment, at the same time allowing higher shares of renewable energy. Smart charging helps reduce the need for expensive grid reinforcement and additional stationary batteries.

The uptake of smart charging is currently faced with barriers at both political and technical level. Policies such as the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive are in need of an update to support a growing number of EVs and the accompanying infrastructure. Furthermore, smart charging technology needs to be supported by standards that ensure it is an interoperable, seamless and secure system. Since only a few standards underpinning smart charging are ready, it is necessary that EU policy makers and standardisation organisations ensure a swift development of technical specifications.

With our new briefing, ECOS urges the European Commission to:

  • Proceed with the swift development and implementation of standards that support EU regulatory requirements for smart charging, through a Standardisation Request to European Standardisation Organisations;
  • Create incentives for public or semi-public parking lot distribution systems to enhance smart charging;
  • Ensure grid stability in EV charging;
  • Require access to EV data to allow smart charging independently from EV manufacturers.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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