A new study by National Grid and Hitachi Energy emphasizes the need for proactive planning and strategic investment to ensure the grid is primed for electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) such as buses, trucks and vans.
The study, The Road to Transportation Decarbonization: Readying the Grid for Electric Fleets, builds on a 2021 collaborative study conducted by the two companies. The latest study provides insight into what is needed from utilities and external stakeholders, including state and local government, businesses and communities, as electrification of fleet vehicles ramps up in the coming years.
While the 2021 study evaluated total electric load growth associated with the electrification of more than 50 fleets in one city in National Grid’s service area in the Northeast, this study provides a zoomed-in view of electrification’s impacts on a specific community.
By focusing on this case-study line, or feeder, the analysis