How microgrid mastery empowers fleets to go electric

How microgrid mastery empowers fleets to go electric

Establishing a microgrid can help fleet managers better control charging schedules for their EVs.

The U.S. energy grid is a complicated, dynamic system involving a vast infrastructure, power generation, transmission, distribution, substations, and so much more. Thus, it would be easy to assume that creating your own, personal microgrid – something that fleets across the country are beginning to experiment with – would be a hair-pulling, blood-boiling process.

The truth is that establishing a microgrid can be an intimidating experience, but doing so can be well worth it for fleets making the transition from diesel- to electric-powered vehicles. Setting up a microgrid allows the fleet to create a localized energy systems that offer control over power generation, involving components like batteries, solar panels, and software solutions. Microgrids integrate batteries, solar panels, and generators with software solutions, granting control over start-stop functions, scheduling and historical records.

“To call something a microgrid can make it kind of daunting, but, in reality, it’s just the way you get power onto your property,” says Terry O’Day, chief operating officer and co-founder of InCharge Energy, a company that works with fleets to establish microgrids and renewable energy charging capabilities. “We can get you in business with a microgrid in nine months, and that will solve the problem of fueling on site.”

On this episode of The Amped EV Podcast, we speak with O’Day about the benefits of microgrids for fleet managers, such as providing fueling for EVs on-site and allowing for better control over charging schedules. We discuss the key factors fleet owners should consider when evaluating the feasibility of integrating microgrids, including fleet size, power needs, and available real estate.

Want more of The Amped EV Podcast? Click here.

You May Also Like

Connecting to future automotive technology: The Road to AAPEX S2E7

As Joe Keene connects with the Lincoln Highway’s history, The Buzz Editor David Sickels glimpses into the future of automotive technology.

RTA S02 E07

Rolling through Nebraska, Babcox Media’s Joe Keene meets kindred spirits as he drives the rare Lincoln Blackwood he refurbished for his journey to AAPEX. Along the way, he meets a family traveling the Lincoln Highway section by section, taking in sights such as the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument and the Classic Car Collection, both in Kearney, Neb., and the Golden Spike Tower in North Platte, Neb.

World record driver shows off what’s possible in an EV

Guinness World Record holder Rainer Zietlow delves into the challenges of long-distance and extreme-temperature EV driving.

Look Behind the EV Collision Repair Curtain

We discuss some of the latest data surrounding EV collision work and why longer repair times should be expected.

How many more miles of EV range can your tires give you?

The right tire could offer an EV as much as a 10% boost in range… but there’s more to this story.

Mining CEO explains tungsten’s role in EVs

The CEO of mining company Almonty Industries gives us the latest demand expectations for the rare metal in relation to EVs.


Other Posts

Range Energy releases technology testing results

Preliminary results by MVTS revealed Range Energy’s technology achieves 36.9% fuel efficiency.

Michigan launches limited wireless-charging road

The charging road runs alongside the Newlab at Michigan Central Building, home to more than 60 tech and mobility startups.

EV-Roadway Electreon
DTNA delivers 20 BEV eCascadia Freightliners to Reyes Coca-Cola

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling said the 20 DTNA eCascadias are expected to reduce the use of 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

Leviton partners with AmpUp

Leviton launched upgraded EV charging stations that integrate AmpUp’s software for real-time analytics, pricing and more smart features.