As the automotive landscape shifts toward electrification, how will the electric grid keep up? WeaveGrid is providing a technological bridge between industry players, from utilities to automakers to charging station operators, and in this episode, we dive into the intersection of technology, policy, and the electrification revolution.
Apoorv Bhargava, CEO & Cofounder, WeaveGrid
“My worry is that the conversation is so dominated by critical minerals and the need for labor unions and the need for manufacturing capacity and this and that, that we are forgetting the fact that when we start cranking out 10 million vehicles a year in this country – forget getting to a place of having 280 on the road – we will find the grid is not ready to handle it and that we have not built out the requisite grid infrastructure and of course, the corresponding charging infrastructure to support it, but really importantly, the grid infrastructure. And, I think that is going to be a huge failure moment where we forgot that finding bottlenecks in supply chains isn’t just looking upstream. It also means looking downstream. And the grid, in my view, is one of the biggest downstream risks to large-scale electrification.”
Apoorv Bhargava is the CEO and Co-founder of WeaveGrid. WeaveGrid is a software company that drives rapid decarbonization at the intersection of clean energy and transportation, by helping some of the largest utilities and automakers transform electric vehicles into grid assets. Apoorv has dedicated his career to furthering innovation in the climate and energy sectors. His prior experiences include Opower and NRG, as well as in management consulting at BCG and climate-focused venture capital. He was featured on both the GreenBiz and Forbes 30 Under 30 Lists in 2019 for his work on WeaveGrid. Apoorv holds an MBA and an MS from Stanford University, and graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a B.A. in Economics.