AutoblogGreen sat down with Britta Gross from GM and Mark Duvall from Electric Power Research Institute to talk about just that.
As ABG says...
AutoblogGreen readers might be anxiously counting down the days until their garage becomes a fueling center, but there are a lot of people who just don't get what plugging a car in might mean, and we could all use a bit more information, no?
One question that was raised is can the grid handle millions and millions of vehicles plugging in? Gross mentions the benefits of plugging-in (higher well-to-wheel efficiency, etc etc)...but...is mass adoption possible?
Well, to get the whole story, head over to ABG for the audio interview (it's 21 minutes, but definitely an interesting 21 minutes).
But in case you want to know what their conclusion was...well, it could. But that's why it's important to understand what the short term issues and and what the long term issues are. It's important to develop strategic partnerships between the electricity industry and the auto industry...so that plugging in (on a massive scale) actually works. "The grid needs to do what the grid needs to do...they're going to have to modernize the grid," says Duvall. In any case, there's a lot of work that needs to be done to prepare.
Time will tell, I suppose.