The ‘Green’ Agenda Looks Set To Crash The Grid
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Americans bought 96,000 electric cars last year, up 84% from 2012. Sales are set to increase year on year as the government and the green lobby push us to find cleaner alternatives for everything we do in life.
The International Energy Agency estimates there will be 20 million electric cars on the worlds roads by 2020, but there’s no mention what those cars will do to ailing power grids across the planet.
The United States power grid is barely fit for purpose as it is. It struggles to cope in times of excessive demand, such as when millions of air conditioning units are running in the summer, or there is excessively cold weather in winter. Adding a few million electric cars into the mix could well provide the straw that breaks this particular camel’s back.
Energy companies, who are not slow in hiking prices at the best of times, will see usage peaks as people arrive home from work and need to charge their vehicles; and where there are usage peaks there are higher prices. Those prices will not be for the individuals that own the electric cars, they will be for everyone who uses electricity during the peak period.
Level one charging, where you simply plug your car into a wall socket in your garage, takes much longer to charge the car than having a level two charging station installed. There’s a good explanation of the differences here. Plugging in at home will take 22 hours to charge an average electric car from empty to full. You get around 4.5 miles range per hour of charge.