European grid underutilized – plenty of EV space

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The basics are that we’ve spent many billions on hardware to move electricity – and we overbuilt because electricity is so important. Now, because we’re becoming more efficiency, building distributed resources and our grid is getting smarter – that prior infrastructure is used only to 50-70% of its potential. We’ve got plenty of pipe to power our cars in Europe.

SOURCEThe results suggest that these systems are operating at 50-70% of their potential. To place this in perspective, all current light-duty vehicles could be electrified with little or no need for additional network capacity. Furthermore, because we employed the conservative assumption that peak demand on the system is equal to the maximum capacity of the system, the rates presented here likely overestimate actual rates of utilisation.

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John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer, digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, totalling over $25 million - with their sizes ranging from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain – as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier, climbs mountains, played football, enjoys an IPA or scotch, needs to get away, and really loves this strange connection between politics, energy, finance, environment, etc in the energy world, and likes run on sentences.