Governments worldwide are keen to see increasing penetrations of EVs due to the environmental, economic, and energy security benefits they provide.
According to a new report from Navigant Research, by 2022 there will be more than 35 million electric vehicles on roads worldwide.
Helping to reduce the cost of ownership are additional value streams that are emerging from innovations in EV technologies, such as vehicle-to-grid systems that allow plug-in EV owners to utilize battery power not only for driving, but also for emergency backup power and grid balancing.
Test fleets are being used to examine the revenue potential of V2G services, and electricity providers are looking into ways to shift plug-in EV charging to off-peak hours through demand response programs. Developments in both areas promise to strengthen the business case of plug-in EV technologies for fleet and individual owners, the report concludes.
“With gasoline prices remaining high, acquiring an EV is becoming an economic decision for many consumers,” says Scott Shepard, research analyst with Navigant Research. “The initial purchase price premiums for EVs, compared to conventional gasoline- and diesel-powered internal combustion engines, are substantial. Yet, operational cost savings due to reduced refueling and maintenance costs are proving that, when considered over the life of the vehicle, EVs are cost-competitive with internal combustion engine vehicles.”[source: Navigant Research]