Surface transportation will soon be powered by the grid. We have already begun plugging in our personal cars; now, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) – trucks, buses, and vans – are starting to rely on the electric grid too. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and many other countries, and the transition to electric vehicles will be an essential element of our collective path forward to meet climate goals.
To understand what will be needed from utilities to support the electrification of MHDVs, Hitachi Energy and National Grid have partnered on a case study of the potential demands and grid impacts of electric fleets. The study leads to insights and recommendations to help utilities, policymakers, and the transportation industry de-carbonize fleet vehicles, leading to the publication of two white papers on the topic, Understanding Grid Impacts of Electric Fleets and the brand new Readying the Grid for Electric Fleets which is available below.