Influence of the ramp-up of battery electric commercial vehicles on distribution grid planning

The electrification of the commercial vehicle sector is one of the decisive steps towards achieving the climate targets in the transport sector and is largely battery-electric in many scenarios. Considering today’s transport task, large charging capacities are required for this purpose. The extent to which these are already taken into account in the long-term development of the distribution grids and the challenges as well as uncertainties facing distribution grid operators were discussed and evaluated with ten distribution grid operators.

The following research questions were addressed in an FfE discussion paper:

  • How is the projected electrification of commercial vehicle fleets as well as their locations taken into account in today’s distribution grid development?
  • What are the key challenges in distribution grid planning, taking into account the uncertainty caused by battery electric commercial vehicles?
  • What are potential solution options that counteract these challenges and uncertainties?