Other uses of the simultaneity factor
The simultaneity factor is also widely used by architects, engineers, developers and electricians. They use it to calculate the electrification of a building and the electricity report (EIC) for each home, premises and garage.
There are three power scores: high, medium and low. Power is greater in the high category, because it is understood there will be more electrical consumers in operation simultaneously. For low, the opposite is true, with fewer electrical consumers. According to these ranges and other variables (such as the simultaneity factor) the developer and electrician draw up individual EICs, as well as the overall EIC for the entire building, to request the necessary power from the distribution company.
Electric cars and the simultaneity factor
Today, we are witnessing a prolific exchange of news and opinions on electric cars. One of drivers' main concerns is how to charge an electric car, especially in private car parks, as these facilities are generally not geared up to charge several cars simultaneously.
In this regard, it's worth highlighting that the speed at which cars charge determines the necessary power and time. That is, there will be systems and batteries that can charge a vehicle in a couple of hours, which uses a lot of power. Logically, if there are several vehicles on charge in the same garage at the same time, the power control switch will most likely trip. If they are not charging simultaneously, there won't be a problem.
Similarly, if the charging period is longer, less power will be required, so charging several electric cars simultaneously would not be a problem either.
As such, optimising batteries and charging systems will be a key factor in not having to revise, among other issues, the simultaneity factor, which will modify the power contracted from the service provider or will mean that facilities will need to be altered in car parks or homes. It is possible that, in the future, administrations, distributors, builders and contractors will have to modify their processes for new projects to take electric cars and the simultaneity factor into account.