The report, "Gearing Up for Electric Vehicles: Tackling the EV Challenges to the Smart Grid," notes that the forecasted surge in plug-in vehicles could lead to a 61-fold annual reduction in CO2 emission. While that's a remarkable reduction, the report doesn't provide adequate info to determine if it's even remotely close to accurate.
UTC says that to accommodate this game-changing shift in electricity usage, a number of issues must be addressed, including improved battery performance, advancements in vehicle-to-grid technology that can utilize a vehicle's battery as a grid storage device and infrastructure innovations that support the peak load changes that plug-ins will undoubtedly introduce to the nation's grid. That's a lot of work that needs to be completed by 2020, but almost anything is possible, right?
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[Source: Utilities Telecom Council]