California has always touted itself as the “leader,” but the UK has overtaken California with its creative electric vehicle charging regulations. It turns out that electric vehicle charging can be another source of income for the UK:
UK regulations which come into effect in June 2022 will restrict charging times, as new chargers at home and in the workplace must automatically turn off at peak times to avoid potential outages.
- The new UK chargers will be preset to not operate during 9 hours of peak charging, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (3 a.m.) and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (6 a.m.).
- In addition, all electric vehicle chargers installed at home in the UK will need to be measured separately and send this information to a smart meter data communications network.
- Potentially, this UK law allows electricity used to charge electric vehicles to be billed and taxed at a higher rate than household electricity.
The adopted UK technology also allows for the rationing of electricity for electric vehicle charging, as the UK government can decide when and if an electric vehicle can be charged, and allow the electric vehicle’s battery to be discharged into the UK grid if necessary.
UK pricing legislation, which comes into effect in June 2022, could be a prelude to new US pricing legislation aimed at protecting the network and becoming a source of higher tariff revenue generation for those who can afford electric vehicles.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global fleet of electric vehicles has grown considerably over the past decade, supported by supportive policies and technological advances to bring the fleet to 7.2 million of electric cars. Today, however, there are 1.2 billion vehicles on the world’s roads with projections of 2 billion by 2035. Obviously, more and more electric vehicles will be charged from unstable power grids. .
Before committing to an EV, calculate your total annual fuel cost for your current vehicle. With electricity prices rising and the possibility of electricity for EV charging even higher than national tariffs, there may be a shock (again, no pun intended) to the potential savings. to join the EV revolution.
Toyota recently warned the world that the world is far from ready to ditch gasoline and diesel engines and needs batteries to run our replacements. Toyota is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers – twice the size of our biggest, General Motors (GM). When Toyota speaks, car buyers are listening. Hopefully our elected officials will do it too.
Robert Wimmer, head of energy and environmental research at Toyota, testified in 2021 before the United States Senate warning of problems with the electricity supply.
Wimmer’s remarks follow GM’s announcement that it will phase out all gas-fired internal combustion engines by 2035. Other manufacturers, including Mini, have followed suit with similar announcements that could lead to a disaster for consumers. To meet emission regulations imposed on the automotive manufacturing sector, they are “regulated” towards zero emission vehicles.
For Toyota, it’s not just about finding enough essential EV battery materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel. It is also about:
Today, most states have adequate electricity supplies, but if proposals to ban natural gas in new homes and buildings and demands for electric vehicle charging skyrocket, states could face challenges. same voltage drops as California and China.
China currently has the most EVs on the road while California leads the United States with about half of all EVs in America being in the temperate climate of California. China and California, which have large wind and solar farms, have grid overload and more people are losing electricity. It will probably be much worse in the future.
Toyota’s alarm is a good thing. Addressing power shortages now, before we are back to the wall, is even better. But the British idea of charging (pardon the pun) EV owners more for the electricity needed to charge their EV batteries, may be another nail in the coffin for public acceptance of an affordable future for electric vehicles.
Add to this that several electric vehicle automakers have issued safety warnings saying it is dangerous to park underground due to potential electric vehicle battery fires, and failure to charge unattended can making electric vehicle ownership a terrible deal.
Rising electricity tariffs, and perhaps higher tariffs just for charging electric vehicles, can be a significant civil rights issue that particularly disadvantaged minorities (blacks and Hispanics) should watch out for.