BMW’s Plan to Prevent Electric Cars From Overwhelming the Grid

“The utilities buy and manage power to meet peak loads,” says advanced technology engineer Julia Sohnen, who works on sustainable transportation at BMW’s Silicon Valley technology office. “It’s our hope to show that we can shift the flexible load of electric vehicle charging to help the utility more efficiently use the existing resource. If we can manage the hours that we charge our electric vehicles maybe they can install fewer plants to meet those peak loads.”