A new 3900 electric vehicle study, The Geography of EV Charging, reveals how regional climates impact charging and driving behavior
July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020
Waterloo, Ontario: A new data-driven study outlines the complexity of electric vehicle charging behavior and indicates that utility companies need to take seasonal temperate and climate into consideration. Further analysis of the world’s largest electric vehicle data set by FleetCarma, a division of Geotab, showcases that EV charging and driving behavior is highly nuanced and must be examined at a territory specific level.
“The Geography of EV Charging: Understanding how regional climate impacts EV charging and driving behavior” is a newly released study which analysed over 3,900 electric vehicles across North America. By grouping vehicles into one of two groups based on geographic area, North or South, FleetCarma was able to reveal the difference in charging behavior caused by temperature. Summer and Winter months were also compared for both regions to show the implications of seasonal temperature.
Findings from the report reveal that:
More charging energy is used during colder months even though vehicles are driven less
Regional and seasonal conditions will influence a vehicle’s charging pattern
Regardless of region the majority of EV charging occurs at home, however there are differences throughout the year
It is imperative for utilities to fully understand this nuanced information when planning or managing charging infrastructure. Without an in depth analysis of the charging behavior in their service territory they may be making assumptions off of false information, which can have significant financial implications.
About FleetCarma: FleetCarma, a division of Geotab,has been designing software and hardware to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles since 2007. At the core of their solutions is an IOT, connected car device, and a global cloud platform. They have pioneered technology and processes critical for utilities to manage the growth of electric vehicle charging load. For more information visit their website, or connect with them on LinkedIn or Twitter.