Visions of grid-connected vehicles: What is the goal and how do we get there? #TRBAM Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in the vehicle-to-grid workshop on January 8th at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting hosted by Standing Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies (ADC80). If you missed the workshop or want to download a presentation, please see the workshop material below.

Workshop overview

As plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) continue to enter the market, policymakers, industry and other stakeholders may wonder how to best integrate PEVs use with the electrical grid. There is a wide range of visions of what “grid-connected vehicles” could be. So-called “smart” charging systems can include time-of-use pricing, demand response, or utility controlled charging. Perhaps most technologically advanced is a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system that allows PEV owners to buy, store and resell electricity. Enhanced vehicle connectivity could support grid reliability, flexibility and load balancing, and facilitate integration of intermittent, renewable sources of electricity. This interactive workshop brings together an international panel of researchers to discuss the latest research on grid connected vehicles, including modeling and real-world technology demonstrations. We identify and compare the different visions, discussing the potential roles of policymakers, consumers, automakers, electric utilities and industry more broadly.


VGI visions for the climate, society and consumers

  1. Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Nordic V2G Systems from a Sociotechnical Perspective”                                                                                                                                     
  2. Patrick Jochem, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, “The contribution of PEVs to greenhouse gas mitigation”
  1. Nicolo Daina, Imperial College London, UK, “Consumers‘ heterogeneous charging preferences: a challenge or an opportunity?”
  1. Michael Wolinetz, Navius Consulting, Canada,“Simulating the Value of VGI Using a Behaviorally Realistic Model”
  1. Jeremy Michalek, Carnegie Mellon, USA, “Implications of utility-controlled charging for EV cost and emissions”

VGI visions for business: perspective and prospects

  1. Willet Kempton, University of Delaware, USA, “VGI visions for business: perspective and prospects”
  1. Timothy Lipman, UC Berkeley, USA, “An Open Source Platform to Enable VGI at Residential and Small Commercial Settings”
  1. Scott Baker, PJM Interconnection, USA, “Car, meet DER”
  1. Gegory Poliasne, Nuvve, USA, “A Global perspective on Grid integrated vehicle roll-out in Europe”
  1. Adam Langton, BMW North America,“The BMW i ChargeForward Pilot Program”
  1. Jonn Axsen, Simon Fraser University, Canada, “Consumer perceptions of VGI: will the mainstream ‘get it”

Workshop details:

  • Workshop for TRB Annual Meeting 2017, Standing Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies (ADC80)
  • Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017 (1:30pm-4:30pm), Convention Center, 146B
  • Presiding: Dr. Jonn Axsen, Associate Professor, Director, Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team (START), School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Co-facilitator: Dr. Nicolò Daina, Research Associate, Centre for Transport Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK