Bringing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is a target which is not achievable unless cars are fuelled by electricity. The number of electric vehicles is almost doubled each year from 2015 and this will keep growing by higher rates to meet the targets set ahead. Hence EV charging stations are required to be deployed wide-spread to get the cars on road. Considering the heavy burden an EV charger puts on the grid at a moment, distributed generation solutions will play a significant role in this regard.
Whilst the coming of electric cars is very exciting, it introduces a completely different dynamic to the electricity ecosystem by bringing mobile demand to the table. So, demand can move between different power network operators in matter of hours. Changes required to the infrastructure to support this are going to be costly and challenging. Failure to support it will act as a barrier to transport electrification. Successful deployment of distributed power generation (DGP) and storage systems is one of the main identified solution for this hurdle.
By choosing to drive EV vehicles we will have better environment in terms of reducing greenhouse gas and harmful air pollution from exhaust emissions even further. On the other hand, they are obviously cheaper to maintain by little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, radiators and many other parts that aren’t needed in an EV. Finally, the owners of an EV have the advantage of much lower running costs in tax that they should pay and in refuelling as the petrol and diesel are more expensive.