Resilience of electric vehicles during disasters

This project will conduct a scenario analysis of electric vehicles (EVs) before, during, and after a disaster/emergency to determine their impact on the electrical grid and power supply. The project will focus on large-scale power outages and wildfires. Using results from an online survey, the project will develop discrete choice models to identify evacuation intentions and EV-enabled actions in disasters. These results will feed into an agent-based model (ABM), which will simulate multiple scenarios of EV usage, evacuations, and fluctuations in power supply. The scenario analysis will identify if current power grids in Western Canada are capable of handling EV loads and what strategies are needed to meet EV demand.