Volume 86 Issue 12 | p. 28 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 24, 2008

Plug-In Cars May Need Power Plants

Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Sustainability

The time of day when plug-in electric cars are charged will determine the impact they will have on the national power grid, says a new study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Department of Energy lab study assumes that by 2025, one-quarter of U.S. cars will run on a combination of electric and liquid fuels and will require plug-in charging. If all cars are charged at 5 PM, when electricity demand is high, . . .

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