If the country is going to meet the future demands of electric cars, its charging infrastructure and power grids are going to need a lot of help, and the companies in the best position to fix this problem could be utility companies. That’s the opinion of Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser, whose electric vehicle infrastructure solutions company recently launched a pilot program with utility provider Avista to install and operate a network of charging stations in the Eastern Washington region. He says that utility-owned and operated charging networks will help cities and states scale up EV infrastructure while giving them a holistic view of the EV charging demands. With this information and control, power companies will be able to predict, manage, and balance the aggregate demand on their power grids to avoid expensive capacity upgrades and prevent demand surges that could cause rolling black outs in some regions.
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