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September 2013 Issue

Could Electric Cars Threaten the Grid?


Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have calculated that the grid has enough excess capacity to support over 150 million battery-powered cars, or about 75 percent of the cars, pickups, and SUVs on the road in the United States. But there's a catch. While power plants and transmission lines have excess capacity, things can get tight when it comes to distributing power to individual neighborhoods. Read more...

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