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European grid underutilized – plenty of EV space

The basics are that we’ve spent many billions on hardware to move electricity – and we overbuilt because electricity is so important. Now, because we’re becoming more efficiency, building distributed resources and our grid is getting smarter – that prior infrastructure is used only to 50-70% of its potential. We’ve got plenty of pipe to power our cars in Europe.

SOURCEThe results suggest that these systems are operating at 50-70% of their potential. To place this in perspective, all current light-duty vehicles could be electrified with little or no need for additional network capacity. Furthermore, because we employed the conservative assumption that peak demand on the system is equal to the maximum capacity of the system, the rates presented here likely overestimate actual rates of utilisation.