Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
James asks: I live in a well-to-do part of the country with a lot of “environmentalists” in my area which leads to – you guessed it – a lot of Tesla purchases. We have had two power outages in the last four days and my lights have been flickering nonstop for the last four days as well. Can I attribute this to Tesla owners and their plugged in cars? The only consolation, I suppose, is that when we have a power outage is they can’t charge their stupid cars. Also, this is the type of crowd when it comes to having to build another power generation plant, they will scream NIMBY and have the money and political clout to prevent anything from being built in our back yard. Just had to get this off my chest to someone.
My reply: There are probably not enough Teslas (and EVs, generally) in circulation yet to affect the grid – but that is surely coming. And when it does come, as you note, the same people who virtue signal about their EV ownership will stomp their hooves over any suggestion that the capacity of the grid be increased to meet demand. Which will have to be done, regardless – if most people are going to be driving EVs in The Future.
However, I don’t believe most people will be driving them.
I think most rich people will be driving them.
But the two-thirds of the population that can’t afford to be “green” will simply be forced to live closer to where they work, or take government (styled “public”) transportation to work, Soviet style.
Which is the true end goal behind all of this.
I say this because the people pushing EVs have to know that two-thirds of the population cannot afford a 30-50 percent increase in the cost of a new vehicle (the EV) that will need to be replaced about twice as often (once every 8-10 years vs. 15-20) and that there is neither money nor political will to build viable generating capacity to support millions of EVs.
The object, then, is to get two-thirds of us to stop driving altogether.
And to ration and control energy.
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Ah, a victim of PPGE. Don’t worry, that flickering won’t destroy EVERYTHING you have, just most of it. An old fridge will survive ok and an electric water heater. Everything else is probably up for grabs. Good luck. And please, don’t move to Texas.
Lest they vote for a Gavin Newsom wannabe who institutes widespread electrical outages!