American Electric Power says grid ready for PHEVs
U.S. Electrical Grid Ready for PHEVs, Power Company Chief SaysMichael Morris, Chairman and CEO of American Electric Power, believes that the U.S. electrical grid is capable of supporting up to 60 million plug-in hybrid vehicles right now.
“There’s already an infrastructure to deliver electricity,” he adds, “so we can start to produce vehicles to take advantage of that infrastructure. And as it begins to resonate in the marketplace, we can convert over our industry and the utility industry can ramp up.”
In fact, Morris says the nation’s electrical infrastructure would benefit from more demand in off-peak hours, when it is expected owners would charge their vehicles overnight.
“You could argue (the addition of PHEVs) would be ‘impactive’ to the license life of a power station,” he says. “But the fact is (power stations) were made to run, not made to be up and down, up and down. The more they run around the clock, the better they are.”