The Promise and Challenge of Electric Vehicles from the Utility Perspective

In the past five years, electric vehicle (EV) sales have surged from nothing to approximately 160,000 vehicles.  The market sector is likely to boom in the near future as more affordable and longer-range vehicles, such as the GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are introduced into the market.

The growth of the EV sector places unique demands on the power grid, even as it offers new and longer-term opportunities for building load and stabilizing the grid through smart charging.  However, this will take some time to unfold and meet its promise.

In the meantime, EV owners are increasingly looking for a gasoline-type of driving and fueling experience, meaning they want cars with extended range and a faster charging experience.  EV manufacturers are obliging, offering vehicles with over 200 miles of range that can be charged in under 20 minutes.

Larger EV fleets with bigger batteries, charging more rapidly, suggests the need for the power grid to proactively plan and respond to the challenges. Fortunately, there are solutions and emerging business models, even as the EV technology itself continues to adapt. We will examine these challenges and trends during this webcast.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the dynamics contributing to the growth in EVs, growth in sales numbers, expected future costs, and their potential impact on the power grid
  • Discuss user behavior, from purchasing to charging
  • Address limitations concerning the current EV experience
  • Review grid infrastructure and reliability issues related to EVs and charging behavior
  • Review some of today’s various charging business models and discuss potential future models
  • Discuss the possibility – and current limitations to one-way smart charging un bi-directional V2G technologies


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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this event.



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Instructional Methods

A Web-based PowerPoint presentation.



The Growth of EVs: Limiting Factors, Enablers, and Current Trends
  • A review of the US EV sales to date
  • A discussion of the makes and models available today, including range and battery size
  • An overview of the various technologies and business models, including plug-in hybrids and pure electrics


Projected Cost Curves and Market Dynamics
  • An examination of cost components, global market dynamics – especially the growing impact of China – and the move towards parity with internal combustion engines
  • An evaluation of the potential for long-term load growth


Charging: Implications for the Grid
  • A review of current charging options, including trickle charge, Level 2 and high-speed charging, as well as the various standards and business models, including utility-owned charging stations
  • A look at high-speed charging operations under consideration, a discussion of implications for utility infrastructure, and a review of various emerging strategies and business models


Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Partners

Peter Kelly-Detwiler currently advises technology companies and customers concerning the integration of energy-consuming and producing assets into the power grid. He has 27 years of experience in the electric energy industry, with 15 years as an executive in competitive retail markets, since their inception in 1997. He served in various functions within the industry, including Director of Customer Care (East Coast) for NewEnergy Ventures. Prior to NorthBridge, he was Sr. Vice President of Constellation Energy’s Load Response group. In this function, he created this unit and oversaw its growth to become a business with approximately $80 mn in revenue, capable of dispatching 1700 MW of customer load.

Mr. Kelly-Detwiler lectures frequently, has appeared on public television, and is also a frequent contributor on energy-related issues (over 240 posts) to In this latter capacity, he has written on topics related to wind, storage, electric vehicles, shale gas, LEDs and numerous other issues. He has interviewed executives from dozens of companies and helped to provide context and meaning in the discussion of new technologies and market developments. As a consultant, he has provided strategic support to Fortune 100 companies such as Nike and GE, and advised leading companies and start-ups in the renewable energy space.


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