Another state that will mandate electric cars for everyone in a few years is already restricting charging due to an overloaded network
yesterday | Petr Prokopec
Looking at this state of affairs, which came only a few days after the approval of the plan to soon ban everything except electrified cars, one does not know whether to laugh or cry. These cars now make up only 2 percent of the entire California fleet, yet they can no longer be recharged freely at any time.
Lately we are starting to feel like the head of the car repair shop Karfík from the film Jáchyme, throw him in the machine. We also consistently point out one widespread evil, only in our case it is not bribery. We wish the politicians would stop pushing electric drive or it will drive us all crazy. But it’s futile, it’s futile, it’s… futile.
Artificially imposing these cars on motorists brings a lot of problems, but even if we rise above all the others, there is still one absolutely essential. Not enough electricity is produced to power all the cars in operation with electricity, and the network capacity is not sufficient to transmit it. And we are so far away from fixing both that it makes no sense to plan to ban other cars now without at least moving towards solving these problems.
That this is not an exaggeration is already shown by the current problems, when recharging is being restricted without there being any significant number of electric cars in operation. This is happening in China, which is now experiencing extreme heat, which is increasing the demands on the electrical grid and limiting the ability to generate electricity. Something like this is understandable, but basically incompatible with battery cars. Recharging them would definitely overload the network, which would lead to its complete collapse.
This is exactly what they are currently worried about in California, which is also plagued by high temperatures. That is why the local energy companies have already told owners of electric cars not to charge their cars between four in the afternoon and nine in the evening. In addition, people should avoid using devices that consume a lot of energy, such as washing machines, dryers or microwaves. And to make matters worse, they should also have the air conditioning set to 25 degrees Celsius or more.
Under other circumstances, we probably wouldn’t even pay attention to it. But the move comes just a few days after California became the first US state to announce that it will ban the sale of new combustion-engine cars from 2035. Even then, we were surprised by this and pointed out that such a demand was not compatible with reality. But political intentions clearly do not take reality into account.
It should be added that even though a relatively large number of electric cars are sold in California, only 663,014 of them were registered in this state at the end of last year. We are thus talking about two percent of the entire California fleet, which includes 30 million cars and trucks. If such a small amount is causing problems now, one has to ask what will come with 10 or 20 percent of their representation in the total fleet.
We have also been pointing out these problems for years. However, proponents of electromobility always claim that everything will be solved over time, among other things with the help of renewable energy. But this is an extremely unstable resource, as even California itself recognizes. As a result of that heat and drought, the production of hydroelectric power plants decreased. More evidence that forced electrification is the road to hell is hardly needed. That is, in the case of reasonable people, but we will probably look for such in politics in vain.
At the end of last year, only 663,014 electric cars were registered in California out of 30 million cars in use overall. But this amount is enough for the state to limit their charging due to network overload. This, please, a few days after this country announced that it will ban the sale of almost everything except electric cars from 2035. Illustration photo: Porsche
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