Identifier

etd-06052012-142835

Degree

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This thesis focuses on the present state of electrical vehicles (EVs) in the market and the effects that these vehicles could have on residential distribution systems. The current EVs available on the market and the current level of market penetration were investigated. Advantages and disadvantages of EVs from a consumer and governmental perspective were identified. The efficiencies of the whole energy delivery process of electrical vehicles and gasoline vehicles were estimated. Efficiency estimation was used to estimate the impact of EVs on the consumption of fossil fuels and emission of greenhouse gases. Measurement of an EV battery charging cycle and modeling of a residential power system with EV battery charger loads was performed. A computer model was programmed in Matlab to perform harmonic analysis using data from a real residential system. Using this computer model a worst case study was performed, and the level of EV penetration in the system required to cause excessive harmonic distortion was obtained.

Date

2012

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Czarnecki, Leszeck

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