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Use of electric vehicles anticipated to rise in Alberta in the coming decade

Heather Campbell drives a 2017 BMW hybrid electric vehicle, and it contains both gas and electric power. She said that the last time she purchased gas, it is because she requires a carwash.  Campbell is among the new users of electric vehicle technology. However, KPMG carried recent research, which showed that new EVs users are already on the edge of electric vehicle transition. Also, the survey reveals that 68% of Canadians plan to buy electric vehicles by 2030. However, the number dropped to 54% in Alberta, but there are still large numbers of electric cars on the province’s roads.

From 2016 to last year, Alberta recorded 222,998 as of the number of electric vehicle purchases made annually. Researchers state that if the tendency continues, where 54 percent represents the number of electric vehicles present in the province, there would be over 600,000 different electric cars by 2026. In other words, over 600,000 vehicles would be plugged in and charging from the EV charging grid.

Mike Deising, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) representative, said that the present predictions, which aim to have more electric vehicles on the road by 2040, would enable Alberta’s power system to take care of the surge.

By 2014, Alberta plans on having about 400 megawatts of added electric vehicles, which equates to 11,729 megawatts record set at the beginning of 2021. From the look of things, especially in the electric vehicle sector, the Alberta network will be able to integrate the power from a standpoint. Therefore, there would be enough megawatts to cater to the high demand.

However, Deising warns that the network he refers to is the enormous province-wide system of moving power makers to power suppliers. He adds that the systems can handgrip the anticipated surge in an electric vehicle, which might pose challenges to the suppliers. Actually, at the local level, there will be upgrades in the provinces and the supplying system.

Jana Mosley, ENMAX assistant leader, said that the electric vehicles’ actual tension would facilitate the installation of electric systems close to homesteads. The transformers in domestic localities would have the possibility to overwork, especially when two or more electric vehicle chargers are plugged in simultaneously and in the same area. Mosley emphasized that the transformers’ overload does not imply that the power supply systems would run out of power. However, the actual equipment would be overworked, reducing its lifespan, meaning the equipment has to be replaced sooner than later.