Impact of electric vehicles on GB electricity demand and associated benefits for system control

Coldwell, Michael, Strickland, Danielle and Chittock, Laurence (2013). Impact of electric vehicles on GB electricity demand and associated benefits for system control. IN: 48th international Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC). OSA technical digest . IEEE.


This paper investigates the impact that electric vehicle uptake will have on the national electricity demand of Great Britain. Data from the National Travel Survey, and the Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstration (CABLED) are used to model an electrical demand profile in a future scenario of significant electric vehicle market penetration. These two methods allow comparison of how conventional cars are currently used, and the resulting electrical demand with simple substitution of energy source, with data showing how electric vehicles are actually being used at present. The report finds that electric vehicles are unlikely to significantly impact electricity demand in GB. The paper also aims to determine whether electric vehicles have the potential to provide ancillary services to the grid operator, and if so, the capacity for such services that would be available. Demand side management, frequency response and Short term Operating Reserve (STOR) are the services considered. The report finds that electric cars are unlikely to provide enough moveable demand peak shedding to be worthwhile. However, it is found that controlling vehicle charging would provide sufficient power control to viably act as frequency response for dispatch by the transmission system operator. This paper concludes that electric vehicles have technical potential to aid management of the transmission network without adding a significant demand burden.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Power engineering and power electronics research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
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Event Title: 48th international Universities' Power Engineering Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Location: Dublin Institute of Technology
Event Dates: 2013-09-02 - 2013-09-05
Uncontrolled Keywords: ancillary services,demand,demand-side management,electric vehicles,frequency response,operating reserve,vehicle-to-grid,Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Published Date: 2013


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