A new study has revealed that electric vehicles pose a threat to national power networks as next-generation cars with bigger batteries multiply household electricity demand by up to 20 times.
The research supports the policy position of the Australian Conservatives that renewable energy is not the answer, only reliable base load power is.
The Herald Sun newspaper’s Andrew Bolt (pictured) has written on his blog, New Zealand’s biggest energy distributor, Vector, warned electric vehicle chargers “put a large electrical load on the network”, with even 2.4 kilowatt “trickle” chargers adding the equivalent of one additional home to the grid.
Vector’s electric vehicle network integration green paper said the shift to larger batteries will encourage drivers to opt for faster chargers, to avoid a two-day charge.
A “slow” 7 kilowatt charger would add the equivalent of 2.8 homes to the grid, while a “rapid” 50 kilowatt charger would add the equivalent of 20 homes.
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