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Business Strategy: Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles - Opportunities and Challenges

This IDC Energy Insights report provides an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges of smart charging systems for plug-in electric vehicles. It examines both benefits and opportunities from a societal view, a vendor view, and a customer view.

"Smart charging systems will eventually become pervasive in society and will be the normal way of charging an electric vehicle," says Sam Jaffe, research manager for IDC Energy Insights. "The benefits outweigh the disadvantages too significantly for the marketplace to continue to allow a hodgepodge of unmanaged charging solutions to dominate the industry."

Table of Contents

iDC Energy Insights Opinion

In This Study

Situation Overview

  • Benefits of Smart Charging

    • Peak Management

    • Lower Costs for Electricity Generation Purchases

    • New Platform for Customer Engagement

  • Challenges for Smart Charging

    • Additional Infrastructure Costs

    • Lack of PEV Penetration

    • Vehicle Owner's Reluctance to Participate

    • Regulatory Hesitation

    • Integration to the Distribution Grid

The Approach

  • Better Place, Israel

  • eVgo

  • San Diego Gas & Electric

  • MOBI.E

Future Outlook

Essential Guidance


  • Actions to Consider

Learn More

  • Related Research

  • Synopsis

List of Tables:

  • Table: Cost of Electricity Purchases
  • Table: Better Place Membership Costs ($)
  • Table: eVgo Subscription Plans
  • Table: SDG&E EV Charging Rates in Cents per kWh

List of Figures:

  • Figure: Scheduled Versus Unscheduled Charging: Helps Manage the Peak Curve of a Fleet Manager to Reduce Demand Charges
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