Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ed asks: Not really a question, just a note of appreciation for your contribution to the discussion about EV charging. You did a thorough job from the perspective of a user. However, there is another side and that is from the perspective of an electric utility that has to deliver to the (future) charging stations.
Quick-chargers require massive amounts of electric power (kWhrs) for relatively short times – unless you have many people waiting in line for constant charging. This produces high peak demands (with significant investment) for relatively low energy sales to recover the investment – particularly in residences.No politician wants to admit this by allowing utilities to charge a commensurate “connection charge” for EV chargers. Take my word for it, utilities are going to have to upgrade equipment especially in compact affluent neighborhoods where everyone runs out to get an EV to keep up with their neighbors. Also, the home EV chargers will be drawing their maximum demand when the electric chariot pulls in the garage after the sun has approached – or gone below – the horizon. So much for recharging with solar power.
Please excuse my Luddite rant, but I am an engineering consultant to electric utilities trying to meet he needs of their customers. I am also a long-time fan of Crown Vics and am presently on my (apparently) last Taurus SEL. Any suggestions of where go from here? Keep up the good work.
My reply: It’s not Luddism to state facts about problems with technology. And your facts are both spot-on and alarming… if that is, anyone is interested in what it is going to cost us in time and money and mobility to “electrify” transportation.
I think the costs you mention – like all the other costs – are being shoved under the rug, for now . . . to get people into EVs. Once people can’t get out of EVs, then the Big Surprise will be unveiled. This is sinister, I realize – but the only other explanation is a degree of stupidity on the part of both government and corporate interests – the ones pushing this – that I simply don’t buy.
Motivated, by the prospect of further control and further profits (by eliminating vehicle ownership in favor of endless revolving debt/ride-sharing/transportation-as-a-service ) and afraid – of publicly contradicting the “climate change” orthodoxy, which has become something you just can’t question – like “diversity.”
All of this is coming to a head soon. I expect either the entire economy will be Sovietized – or the forces behind this Sovietization will be given the treatment meted out to Mussolini at the gas station in Milan back in the spring of 1945.
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