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Electric vehicles could hold key to zero-carbon future, would require major attitude shift

Techregister: 

Earlier this month, BloombergNEF made the exciting claim that by 2040 electric vehicles could be supplying three times Germany’s peak energy demand – so long as they are all fitted with vehicle-to-grid charging equipment.

It’s an amazing figure, and shows that if we get a lot of things right, EVs could provide a huge amount of the storage and firming required in a zero-carbon grid dominated by intermittent wind and solar generation.

But that’s a key point – we need to get a lot of things right. And this week Scott Chapman, general manager of new market services at the Australian Energy Market Operator, poured a little cold water on the notion that we’ll soon all be the enthusiastic owners of our own personal power plant on wheels.

The problem, he said, was persuading EV owners to view their cars as dual purpose power plants rather than just a personal means of transport, which requires a major shift in attitudes before you even consider the cost of the equipment.

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