SEPA Bootcamp

Electrification of Transportation Fundamentals | 3-Part Course – On-Demand

August 8 - 10, 2023
2 - 4:20 pm EDT
Electrification of Transportation Fundamentals | 3-Part Course – On-Demand

Electrification of Transportation Fundamentals

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Session 1| Making the case for electric vehicles – Discuss the inherent advantages of electric vehicles and why they are being promoted by policymakers and utilities.
Session 2| Addressing the critical issues for success – Explain issues related to range and battery technologies, charging networks, and implications of increased electricity consumption.
Session 3 | Charting the path forward – Review emerging business models in the U.S. and abroad, evolving battery and charging technologies, and discuss the growing potential for vehicle-to-grid applications.

3 days. 7 hours. 70 seats available.

Recent state mandates to phase out internal combustion engines, combined with federal policies that will boost electric vehicle (EV) sales and charging infrastructure, will result in the explosive growth of EV populations. This will have significant implications for utilities across North America.

With electricity primed to become a dominant transportation fuel, energy consumption will grow by terawatt hours, requiring the development of additional generation. Meanwhile, instantaneous power demand may soar, necessitating the buildout of more transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Managed well, the growth of electrified transportation will allow us to increase efficiencies and deliver more kilowatt-hours across our infrastructure. However, if done poorly, demand peaks will surge, capacity factors will fall, and costs will increase for everybody.

This course will help you understand the critical elements of EVs –including evolving battery technologies, critical planning issues, business models, and regulatory issues. It will discuss how the approach to charging (and potentially discharging) electric vehicles is essential to the future evolution of the grid and how EVs will interact with wholesale markets, distribution utilities, and end users.

Learning Outcomes – Attendees Will:

  • Understand the underlying drivers promoting increased adoption of electric vehicles and projected future growth rates
  • Comprehend the critical issues related to EV charging, including range, charging speed, and impact on batteries
  • Discuss the various charging technologies, including Levels 3, 2, and 1, as well as wireless inductive charging and battery swapping
  • Outline the national and regional fast-charging initiatives, and interoperability challenges
  • Review various battery chemistries and why they matter
  • Understand the implications of EVs on the electric power grid, including overall load growth, and localized impact on infrastructure
  • Discuss methods by which EVs can and will interact with the electric power grid, including smart charging, vehicle to facility of home (V2X), and vehicle to grid (V2G)
  • Highlight emerging use cases and products that EVs can offer to the grid
  • Comprehend utility policies and planning practices that must evolve to meet the growing challenge and opportunity of EVs
  • Discuss the evolving state and federal regulatory and policy frameworks relevant to EVs
  • Understand the need for a new grid architecture and underlying software

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