Tesla’s Model 3 and the electricity grid

The impact of Tesla’s much-hyped Model 3 on the electricity grid was the focus of a Business News Network article. The massive adoption of electric vehicles would require substantial modernization of the power grid, says UBC engineering professor Martin Ordonez.

“Problems begin to surface at the distribution level in congested neighbourhoods and many chargers in parallel could compromise the system,” said Ordonez.

Overloading is possible, Bill Dunford, another UBC professor who studies energy systems, told BNN. “What will be a problem is if people want to charge up frequently during the day. When you’re talking about fast charging, that is putting more pressure on the grid.”