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VEIC Innovation: A Technical Reference Manual for Transportation

Jun 03, 2014

VEIC has created the first resource designed to enable planners to optimize the efficient use of the nation’s growing fleet of electric vehicles. The groundbreaking Transportation Technical Reference Manual takes the TRM model – providing standardized costs and benefits for efficient approaches -- and applies it in an unprecedented direction: Characterizing electric vehicle (EV) technologies. The Transportation TRM reveals data never before available to a broad range of stakeholders in the realms of energy policy, regulation, and program development.

TRMs have long provided characterizations of efficient technologies in the electric and thermal energy sectors. VEIC, seeing the increasing impact of transportation on grid resources, recognized the benefits of a TRM that would give planners the ability to include EVs in decision making at both the program and system-wide levels. VEIC’s transportation and evaluation, measurement, and verification teams set out to create a new TRM that treats the EV as a “mobile appliance”.

Developed in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Transportation TRM characterizes energy savings, environmental benefits, and financial costs of EVs and selected EV charging equipment. The document outlines applications in traditional resource and efficiency planning as well as in transportation planning, regional planning, and in such utility considerations as EV charging-station location optimization and EV charging rate design.

The Transportation TRM also outlines the benefits -- to low-income households -- of standardized screening in transportation planning and assesses the health costs associated with emissions from the use of four energy sources. In addition, the document proposes factors for future TRM analysis, including the EV’s burgeoning capacity as a storage/supply resource for the electric grid, additional transportation methods, health costs associated with vehicle crashes, and the property value implications of vehicle noise and proximity to transportation infrastructure.

A second phase of VEIC’s transportation TRM efforts will entail partnering with utilities, state energy offices, and public utility commissions to develop localized estimates of transportation energy savings and new transportation efficiency measures.

Find out how VEIC can develop customize characterizations for your territory. Contact Justine Sears, Senior Analyst.

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