News – Electric vehicles are destined to pay for the upgrade of electricity networks

California has always billed itself as the “leader”, but the UK has overtaken California with its creative EV charging regulations. It turns out that EV charging can be another source of revenue for the UK:

UK regulations which come into force in June 2022 will limit charging times, as new home and workplace chargers must switch off automatically at peak times to avoid potential breakdowns.

  1. The new UK chargers will be preset to not run for 9 hours of peak loads, 8am-11am (3 hours) and 4pm-10pm (6 hours).

  2. In addition, all home-installed electric vehicle chargers in the UK will need to be metered separately and send this information to a smart meter data communication network.

  3. Potentially, this UK legislation allows electricity used to charge electric vehicles to be charged and taxed at a higher rate than household electricity.

The British technology adopted also allows for the rationing of electricity for electric vehicle charging, as the British government can decide when and if an electric vehicle can be charged, in addition to allowing the battery of the electric vehicle to be drained in the UK network if necessary.

UK charging legislation, which comes into force in June 2022, could be a prelude to new US charging legislation aimed at protecting the grid and becoming a bigger source of revenue for those who can afford electric vehicles .

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global fleet of electric vehicles has grown significantly over the past decade, backed by supportive policies and technological advancements to bring the fleet to 7.2 million cars. electrical. Today, however, there are 1.2 billion vehicles on the world’s roads with projections of 2 billion by 2035. Clearly, more and more electric vehicles are coming to be charged from grids unstable electrics.

Before committing to an electric vehicle, calculate your total annual fuel cost for your current vehicle. With electricity prices rising and the possibility of electricity for EV charging being even higher than national tariffs, there could be a shock (again, no pun intended) to potential savings to join the EV revolution.

Toyota recently warned the world that the world is far from ready to get rid of gasoline and diesel engines and need batteries to run our replacements. Toyota is one of the two largest car and truck manufacturers in the world — twice the size of General Motors (GM), our largest. When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully our elected officials will too.

Robert Wimmer, head of energy and environmental research at Toyota, testified in 2021 before the US Senate warning of problems with the electricity supply.

Wimmer’s remarks followed GM’s announcement that it will phase out all gas internal combustion engines by 2035. Other manufacturers, including Mini, have followed suit with similar announcements that could spell disaster. for consumers. To meet emissions regulations imposed on the automotive manufacturing sector, they are “regulated” towards zero-emission vehicles.

For Toyota, it’s not just about finding enough critical materials for electric vehicle batteries such as lithium, cobalt and nickel. It is also about:

Today, most states have an adequate electricity supply, but if proposals to ban natural gas in new homes and buildings and demands for electric vehicle charging skyrocket, states could face the same voltage sags 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 California’s temperate climate. China and California, which have large wind and solar farms, have grid overload and increasingly people are losing power. It is likely to be much worse in the future.

Toyota’s alarm is a good thing. Tackling power shortages now, before our backs are against the wall, is even better. But the UK’s 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 a future of affordable electric vehicles.

Add to that several EV automakers have issued safety warnings that parking underground is dangerous due to possible EV battery fires, and not charging unattended can make owning an EV a VE a very bad deal.

Increasing electricity rates, and possibly higher rates just for electric vehicle charging, may be an important civil rights issue that particularly disadvantaged minorities (blacks and Hispanics) should watch out for.

First published on: CFACT.

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