Analysis of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Distribution Networks

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are hybrid vehicles with large batteries that are capable of travelling on electricity but still maintain the reliability of an on‐board internal combustion engine for extended trips. The batteries will typically be recharged from a standard household outlet, thus increasing the demand for electricity. It is important to understand and predict how these vehicles will affect the operation and planning of networks in British Columbia. The objective of this project is to identify and assess the effects of PHEV charging on low‐voltage distribution networks by examining PHEV operator behaviour and the control over charging. It is essential that these impacts be addressed and fully understood so that BC Hydro can continue to supply electricity reliably and cost effectively.

Intern: 
Liam Kelly
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Peter Wild & Dr. Andrew Rowe
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British Columbia
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