Charge the North:
Results from the world's largest EV charging study

Answers to the most pressing questions utility companies have related to the impact of electric vehicle charging on the grid.

Charge the North was developed to understand how electric vehicles are being charged and driven as well as the related effects on the electrical infrastructure. It answers the most pressing questions utility companies have related to the impact of electric vehicle charging on the grid. Questions like: home versus workplace or public charging, the impact of time-of-use (TOU) rates on peak load, and the effects of seasonal climate, geography and commute distance on charging behaviour. With the cooperation of 10 utility companies and the University of Waterloo, FleetCarma reached out to EV drivers across the country and sent out 1,000 connected car devices which plug into electric vehicles. With these devices’ data such as driving distance, charging location, energy consumption, battery efficiencies, and temperature could be tracked. This summary report represents findings from the world’s largest electric vehicle charging study.

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