According to its recent consumer research, Chartwell Inc. says the number of EVs on the road in the coming years will be enough to "significantly impact electric utility operations." As a response, the research firm has launched its Electric Vehicles Research Council to help utilities deploy and improve their EV programs.
While predictions vary on how many plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) consumers are actually going to be snapping up in the next few years, a recent Chartwell survey found that between 3% and 5% of consumers say they will "very likely" buy one by 2014. And even if only 2% of new car purchases are PEVs, that still means hundreds of thousands of them on the road by 2015.
Chartwell's new council willaddress topics such as partnerships between utilities and charging station companies, incentives for PEV owners to charge at off peak times, vehicle-to-grid technologies, rate designs and dynamic pricing programs, battery storage and more. Members of the council will have access to research including targeted consumer surveys and interviews with utility professionals responsible for EV programs – and they also will share their practices and experiences.
Chartwell is a specialized information provider with the mission of helping utilities improve their customer experience and satisfaction.
Source: Smart Grid News.com