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Charging ahead: The last mile

Is the U.S. electric infrastructure ready to support one million electric vehicles?


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The Obama Administration has set a goal of one million electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads by 2015. This goal corresponds with automakers' launch of new Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) across the country. In response to these developments, Deloitte conducted a study to explore whether the electric utility infrastructure in the United States is ready for the rollout of one million EVs by 2015, what utilities are doing to prepare, and what else, if anything, they could be doing to prepare. This report explores the infrastructure owned by electric utilities, specifically focusing on the last mile to the outlet.

When developing Charging Ahead: The Last Mile, we expected to learn about challenges that utilities might be facing with regards to their generation, transmission or distribution infrastructure. Surprisingly, we found that in general, the electric utility infrastructure is already prepared to meet the President's 2015 challenge.

Our research revealed that utilities will not likely need to upgrade or expand transmission or generation capacity in the next ten years specifically to meet electric demand from EVs at projected adoption rates.

However, the research did identify near-term impacts to the electric infrastructure that deserve further study at the local distribution level.

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