If Gas Cars Are Banned, Can The Grid Handle Electric Cars?
Can The Power Grid Handle A Surge In Electric Cars?
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If combustion engines are banned, can the electric power grid really handle a surge of electric cars? Let’s dive into the challenges associated with electric car charging, and the infrastructure required for it to happen at scale. We’ll look at the hard numbers based on US drivers, average miles driven, average fuel economy and energy efficiency, electricity production and distribution, how long we have to implement upgrades, average household energy consumption, how power gets to our houses, local grid problems, smart grids, real world examples of where this has happened, and the future challenges facing electric vehicles.

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  • janis1951

    What fuel do you use to generate the electricity? LNG, Oil, coal!!, nuclear!!!, solar, wind?

  • curio

    You are missing the point.. it is not enegry balance .. it is the charge rate... Which is capacity in nearly 10x that 1.25 trillion to handle fast charging. No you need to ask the question .. can you sent that much power through the grid. This is what most miss.. thinking the powerline can transmit an unlimited power through it.. and the only problem is how much you can generate. WRONG Also calling additional power draw with an AC or a vacuum cleaner is so misleading. a level 2 5KWH charging will only get you 15MilesPerHour, so if your AC is like 1.5KWH its more like 3-4Miles per hour. Who really would want to live with such limitations. Why the counter argument that why use super charging when you can charge overnight? well no one will buy such a limitation when they have a more convenient alternative. In short pure EV is only a stop gap or a limited segment solution. A fuel cell hybrid will simply solve all the problem. Norway is not a good example.. for justifying living with limitation, and saying there is no limitation. You can have a country all live with sustenance living and call it an example of abundance.

  • neilbes1

    Yes but that's using fossil fuels to power grid. Green energy will never keep up with that lol

  • xtidnab

    also, you forgot that the "powers at be" want to also eliminate fossil fuel electrical power generation. so you are talking about switch to wind power, and solar power. so the power grid will not be able to support ev...

  • xtidnab

    no. and if anyone says yes, they are either fools or liars....

  • 67NewEngland

    Rational explanation. Then there's the issue of recharging and it's time constraint halfway to a long distance destination like a family vacation.

  • Lorenzo bro
    Lorenzo bro

    Off course the grid can handle it...you just need more coal. A lot more...you know, the future 😂😂🙏🏽

  • alanj

    California already has smart grids... they’re called rolling blackouts haha 😆. Plus, you’re ignoring all the hippy EPA regulations. Theory and practice are 2 entirely different things buddy. Nice try though. Keep living in Disneyland lol 😂

  • ComicBookCraigMovies

    So basically what u r saying if everyone treated the EVs like a gas car and go fill up when ever they want or when it’s convenient then the current grid cant handle it. There will have to be care & steps taken to charge at the right times.

  • Carlos Bah
    Carlos Bah

    Overly optimistic estimations. If ALL the actual vehicle fleet were to move into battery electric, the electrical infrastructure and power needed would be a monstruosity. Only in the US, with around 280millon vehicles, if a 1/3 of those charged at night , with a humble charge power of 10kw, that would be 900Million kw of power. 900.000 MW. That's the power of 1000- 2000 nuclear plants. And the infrastructure in dense cities, would be unimaginable. I guess they hide the real truth about or transportation future... back to the XIX century. Cars only for the rich, the caviar communist and the globalist elite.

  • Fernando Sampaio
    Fernando Sampaio

    But what about the less than 10% increase on the last 21 years? You mention 6,5 years based on growth to 2000, but not over the last 21 years, am i the only one that noticed?

  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood

    Hey Jason great video. You talked about transmission losses. Any chance of doing a video on how environmentally friendly evs really are. Ie power losses starting from the power station all the way through to the power losses in changing the battery 🔋? Thxs

  • Bobby Bishop
    Bobby Bishop

    Norway's population is only 5 million people. How its that even comparable to the 300 million plus in the US.

  • Bobby Bishop
    Bobby Bishop

    Since many areas are already having rolling blackouts in extreme summer and winter weather , lets throw a few million electric cars in the grid. Should work out great. In a sience fiction movie maybe. Let Elon pay to upgrade the grid. See how fast he back pedals.

  • Michael Kregnes
    Michael Kregnes

    Gasoline vehicles utelize only about 30-40% of the energy in its fuel for thrust. EV's and Tesla especially utelize about 90-95% of that to thrust. My point is, EV's utelize theoretical energy way better than Gasoline vehicles.

  • Martial Bachoffner
    Martial Bachoffner

    Thank you for the amazing video as usual. Regarding Norway, sorry but they are kings of hypocrisy. They switch to EV's and got their wealth from selling oil.

  • Summer Rancher
    Summer Rancher

    If the end game is pollution, a bigger gain can be attained by regulating emission from container ships. . There are some pretty staggering numbers out there for container ship pollution compared to that of all the IC powered vehicles since conception. Forcing people to adopt electric cars isn't going to happen, at least in our lifetime. Solar and wind power isn't going to save us and is more polluting than Nuclear power. However, all your bureaucrats have basically killed Nuclear with regulations to the point, no company can get a new plant built.

  • jd jeannette
    jd jeannette

    what exact AUDI model is that at 1:07 anyone?

  • Phillip Hiller
    Phillip Hiller

    The Science is good. The practicality and Power Grid attack by an Enemy would be devastating.

  • Yemi Speaks
    Yemi Speaks

    Americans do have nice cars thought, hopefully electric cars get better looking

  • Yemi Speaks
    Yemi Speaks

    Does that include trucks and lorries that use diesel? Because I could a reason to keep those on combustion engines

  • Robert Cronin
    Robert Cronin

    I wonder how much coal and co2 emissions will be produced?

  • Scott Gray
    Scott Gray

    Just remember they numbers will be on top of the naturally growing demand of all other areas so power generation will have to increase. Its how you produce the electricity that counts. Theres no point in switching to ev if the juice is being produced by oil burning plants. defeates the purposes.

  • DblOSmith

    Good Video. I'd love to see a video on how people in apartments can charge if everyone went EV.

  • Daniel Griffin
    Daniel Griffin

    California has power black outs now they don't have the electricity for the cars

  • dfb1111

    Electric vehicles do have their place, I believe there are many that do not understand the reasons they are not the Magic Bullet. There are many areas of the country right now that are barely producing enough electricity. Producing more electricity and increasing the distribution network is a huge expense. This is why some electric suppliers offer "free"{not really free, the customer has already paid for the program in small monthly charges}. By reducing the usage, the power company is able to do more with less. Germany was a leader in Green energy and has turned back to burning coal to reliably keep up with it's demand.

  • G Watts
    G Watts

    A ban on gasoline powered vehicles? They are still being made, so not unless we come under total communism. Besides, electric sucks if it can't compete.

  • RGW88

    Who said we need to build a nuclear power plant every 3 weeks until 2035 to power all the cars. Correction's Welcome. 🤔

  • Under The Microscope
    Under The Microscope

    You miss the big problem! It would be the new power grid that would have to be made. I don't mean transmission lines. I talking you live in a big city the millions of what? extension cords all across the sidewalks! what about my car across the street 5 stories below you. lol, this is bigger than just making power.

  • john4kc

    This all assumes you're talking about traditional power plants. Meanwhile the coal mines and whoever make nuclear fuel rods and whatever else are having the issues that most people would imagine the power plants would have. Big lakes where power is also produced in California, for example, can't just order up more water to run the power plants. We really will need more wind and solar and a way to store that power.

  • john4kc

    Highway 30 in Oregon?

  • R Z
    R Z

    The world is suppose to end in fire…right? There going to blow those grids. Electrical fire? No thanks. People have more than one car so there is going to be a charging war. What a disaster.

  • Alfredo Leal
    Alfredo Leal

    Can the planet survive using more oil ..

  • jonathan mcdaniel
    jonathan mcdaniel

    And now California is directing EV users to not charge during peak times. Government control of your energy usage will mean you will pay for their bad political decisions.

  • jonathan mcdaniel
    jonathan mcdaniel

    One of the biggest faults of this presentation is the treatment of the deltas in a linear fashion. The free market has the flexibility to determine the viability of EVs. Command economies lead to catastrophe.

  • Tim Moffitt
    Tim Moffitt

    So over 40 years our power grew 500% from .76Trillion KW to 3.8 Trillion KW but then grew only 8% over the next 20 years from 3.8 Trillion KW to 4.1 Trillion KW while stressing the grid to its limit and watching the cost of power explode (pun intended) With a growth rate of well under 1% over the last 20 years what would you expect a realistic growth rate to be over the next 20 years? And I'd point out that the point out that the growth rate between 1960 and 2000 was due in large part to the adoption of nuclear power. I'm sorry but you won't see that kind of large growth rate in the future if you're counting on wind and solar...

  • Technologic

    but we're not allowed to supplement this extra load with nuclear or combined cycle natural gas, so, where are you going to put all of the solar and wind turbines??? not in my back yard!

  • Eric Moors
    Eric Moors

    In order to update the power grid you would need congress to approve it, and they are useless pieces of sh...

  • John Herbert
    John Herbert

    I'd like to see just once a real unbiased complete study of electric vs gas cars.

  • Matthew Roy
    Matthew Roy

    Great video. I do have one question though. If politicians outlaw fossil fuel use in generating electricity what happens to your math? Speaking in the US over 80% of electricity produced are done so by fossil fuels.

  • Alexandru Nistoroiu
    Alexandru Nistoroiu

    Not good all electric!!!, Should be hybrid (for long time ago!), Electric only in the city mandatory, otherwise, a hybrid car consumes very few fuel on the roads!

    • Alexandru Nistoroiu
      Alexandru Nistoroiu

      You refered at the consumption rate&grid, but can you imagine the polution increase? Producing electric power polutes also...how to produce it?!? Coal=polution, nuclear=hazardous waste, regenerables=limitation, etc

  • Keith Badgley
    Keith Badgley

    It will be harder to increase the supply of electricity today than it was back from the 60s to 70s, as nuclear power development has essentially stopped. Hydro also.

  • Lildizzle420

    4% per year using fossil fuels not 4% per year using solar energy. you're talking about 30-38% that requires 4% every single year for 30 years but only 2% is solar today. you say "its been done" yeah we did it with coal

  • Craig Mole
    Craig Mole

    Hi and love your programs! My question is what is the point of transportation electrification if the primary energy sources are still carbon producing? Isn't the primary goal of electric vehicle adoption to reduce global warming hazards? Thanks.

  • Random 549
    Random 549

    Do the math, The USA would have to build 1 new nuclear power plant every 3 weeks for the next 50 years to power all the cars on the road.

    • Lildizzle420

      you also need to shut down coal and natural gas

  • MauriatOttolink

    What about the grid if HGV goes E?

  • Elijah Bey
    Elijah Bey

    IF gas cars are banned? They will be banned within the next 14 years at the latest. It's all part of the plan.

  • Jan Sauls
    Jan Sauls

    Jason is one of the best

  • BluegillGreg

    A lot of EVs are coal-powered and produce relatively dirty emissions. Electric bicycles powered by solar panels are relatively clean.

  • michael shampine
    michael shampine

    Great idea let's burn MORE FOSSIL FUELS. No don't think so? 68% of electricity is created by burning fossil fuels either coal / natural gas or oi!

  • Jay Penry
    Jay Penry

    The grid can’t take it. Remember when cell phone chargers had a light on the in the early 2000s? Do you know why that was removed? A massive upgrade would need to happen for everybody to charge a EV. The big kicker is the money to expand the grid. At this point nobody is willing to spend that money

  • Michael byrd
    Michael byrd

    There is no way that the power gray can handle all the cars being outlawed but we are headed in the right direction it might take at least 20 years at the soonest for most internal combustion engines not to be used on major roads but we are headed there 😁

  • Louis Carliner
    Louis Carliner

    This is the paramount reason why standards for both dimensional and electrical connectivity standards for quick exchange power packs are needed. This would allow regional checkout, recharging and distribution centers that would be located adjacent to or co-located at power generating or renewable energy harvesting plants to come forth. Corn rows of charging parking spaces in dense urban dwelling areas are simply not feasible. Advantages for quick exchange service stations added to or replacement of fueling stations, strategically located are most compelling. A degree of protection from technological obsolescence as breakthrough improvements in storage density energies comes forth. Range anxiety that limit feasibility for rural customers would be largely obviated, and threat of neighborhood grid overload would be largely averted, as well as waste from transmission loss. For the neighborhood exchange station, wasteful tank wagon empty backhaul would be replaced with more efficient and safer 18 wheelers. There are reports of non-rechargeable aluminum power packs with some 2300 mile under active research and development. There is a company, named ample that has demonstrated a system of quick exchange power packs. The ten hour charge time for a full recharge greatly limits practicality of EV for many!

  • rpbajb

    Gasoline taxes maintain the roads. How will that work with EVs?

  • Robert Kennedy
    Robert Kennedy

    30%? Going to need a lot more coal plants and nukes! Lolololololol

  • Robert Kennedy
    Robert Kennedy

    Or night or climate control or mountains.

  • braggland

    Nope. It has already been proven it can’t. That liberal cesspool know as California asked its citizens not to charge cars. The grid couldn’t take it

  • Scott Abbe
    Scott Abbe

    The electric grids are failing nation wide. Black and brown outs everywhere. EV’s are not doing the grid any favors……….

  • Craftsman Trucker
    Craftsman Trucker

    The answer is a big NO! simple as that.

  • Ray Frattone
    Ray Frattone

    In the early days of cell phones calls were cheaper if made it certain times of the day and expensive other times. How did that work out. Nobody wanted that and that’s why you have a flat rate today people don’t want to be controlled by when they can plug it in and when they can’t plug it in.If you want to go someplace and your car needs to be charged you are going to charge it. There may be 5% that follow those rules but the other people are going to opt out of it in my opinion.

  • claude lewis
    claude lewis

    when all cars become electric there will be no more used cars,, after 8 years the batterys need replacing at 15.000 dollars, with devaluation your 50.000 dollar car has no trade in value and no resale value,, so you will be stuck with an old car or pay for disposal ,,to buy a new one at 80.000 big ones,, o yea the grid is going way up in price also MAKE SURE YOU WANT WHAT YOU ASK FOR

  • Shazbat5

    Norway might not be just a delta-people case. Norway has much better transit systems, and a much more urban population. Do you think the average Norwegian drives 13,500mi? Nope. it's just 7,750mi So it's not just scaling 300 million Americans down to 5 million Norwegians. There are only about 2.8 million drivers in Norway. So 230M drivers driving 13,500 miles = 3.11 Trillion miles for the US, and 38.8 Billion miles for Norway. Per capita, that's a much smaller problem, Norway only needs 1.25% as much power as the US for driving - Fewer drivers per capita, shorter distances per capita. 98.75% less problem. Don't use Norway as a test case for the US - it's a terrible fit. It's not the "exact same problem" at all. On a per capita basis, it's 98.75% smaller problem.

  • Hans H.
    Hans H.

    Sorry, dude,when heat waves, hurricanes, snow storms hit can grid still handle the demand from all those EVs?

  • B Chapman
    B Chapman

    He never talked to a grid operator. He assumes only one car per household. Cables on the driveway. 20% of ev owners went back to ice vehicles. Ever seen an ev fire, very hot and almost impossible to put out. Where does all the materials come from to produce the highly toxic batteries?

  • Ігор Гончаренко
    Ігор Гончаренко

    887 kWh?😨 What are you doing with all those electricity? My average monthly consumption is about 330 kWh. And that includes summer air conditioning and 16 hrs/day running PC.

  • David Besant
    David Besant

    We're still going to have to build many nuclear power stations, and that is going to take time and a lot of investment. Anyone got a few bucks to spare?

  • Derick Muir
    Derick Muir

    Wow this would not be good for the environment, a total waste of energy which is not good.

  • bobby 33x
    bobby 33x

    Correction: I believe we have 280,000,000 light vehicles in USA And Light vehicles are growing at about 1% to 2%/yr.

  • Twelve Wing Productions
    Twelve Wing Productions

    The HUGE part you are missing here is that the rate of EV adoption is going to be matched by the adoption of solar and batteries. That 30% increase is including your 25% loss for transmission to these EV's... something that will also be absent if the EV's charge at homes with solar and batteries. Now granted not all households will be able to do this. Some are too high of latitude or elevation to have reliable solar power, but this is also offset by people that live in latitudes with nearly year round solar production capable of meeting their needs. We did a year long study of this and our greatest hurdle wasn't that solar wasn't available but that it couldn't be produced because the utility companies refused to allow total utilization of our roof space. They are trying to cap home owners at 90% of their previous year's usage. And that has to stop. In our study, the home broke even and provided just over 10,000 miles of driving on the spare sunlight. Had we been allowed to install the 17kw that we wanted to instead of being capped at 10kw... we would likely not have had to touch the grid at all... or very little. All while at the same time driving electric. So you MUST factor home energy production into your calculations.

  • Mike McLean
    Mike McLean

    You're forgetting to subtract the energy spent extracting, refining, and transporting oil.

    • Kipton Sheek Jr.
      Kipton Sheek Jr.

      He also forgot subtract the the mining of the rare minerals, and manufacturing process to make the batteries. When these batteries goes out then what? What are you going to do with all those toxic waste from those batteries that can't be recycled?

  • Philippe Rostin
    Philippe Rostin

    One of the biggest problem to solve is the same than for internet. The availability is not geographically equal. You will not find a charging point in death valley as easy as downtow nyc !

  • Flash Bang
    Flash Bang

    Yes but how are you going to produce that energy? You are going to be using petro or coal!

  • Shahab Mos
    Shahab Mos

    Yes . Peasants would walk to work and elites would use v8 hybrids , no pressure on the grid.

  • James T
    James T

    You missed the green/renewable power generation changes, switching off coal nuclear and old gas power generation, no replacement of the coal and nuclear power generation, compounded by the main renewables unreliable generation, it doesn’t always blow enough for wind- can go a month or more with no wind, solar doesn’t generate at night and changes efficiency over the course of the day and the session. Electric vehicles efficiently also changes due to weather and sessions. This is at odds with massively increasing demand for electricity. Government policy

  • far

    Not everyone with a driving license has a car. In fact, there are only 110 million registered cars in USA (~half the estimated number of cars in video).

  • SR Sykes
    SR Sykes

    Love your back of the envelope calculations. I got my electrical engineering degree in 1970 and worked for an electric utility for 30 years. I then spent another 15 years working as a consultant to electric utilities, my specialty was remote monitoring and control. While I would be the last to say this problem "is beyond the capability or the American engineer," I would like to point out some issues which you either neglected or glossed over too lightly. I think the key is we have to begin today to solve this problem. Because the electric utility industry is so capital intensive, the old system of public utility regulation, allowed the utility to plan five ten or even 20 years into the future and and make a reasonable profit on that investment. Today we are leaving generation and and a lot of transmission investment to the non-regulated segment which is not promised a reasonable return on their investments. Solar, wind, geothermal and other renewables are great, but some additional base-load is needed too. In the 60's, 70's and 80's many utilities built "fat" into their systems. This "fat" (allowed for the planning for reasonable contingencies) served several purposes. A flatter demand curve is not necessarily always a good thing for the grid. Starting in the 90's that "fat" was sacrificed in the name of cheaper rates. Automation on the distribution side has helped with not having the "fat." Those off-peak hours are important for maintenance (and construction.) I don't know, not my area, but I would look at what running a transformer at a higher load for more hours a day is going to do to the life of that transformer. Utilities are going to need engineers to design, build and operate system additions. Last time I checked we were not turning out new engineers at a good rate and new engineers were not knocking down the doors of electric utilities. I have been completely retired for over five years now, and I am still getting calls wanting me to come back to work because they can't find people. One final point, Norway's scaling problem is not quite the same. I think the absolute numbers, not just the ratios or percentages, do make a difference too. I will close by saying, that you are right, it can be done. And I say it must be done. I just think there is a little more to it.

  • TheJimSkipper

    The coal and natural gas companies support the adoption of EVs.

  • Jamie Murray
    Jamie Murray

    So where do I store my backup electricity in the likely event of a power outage? Can I siphon from my other electric car? I ask because I lived through Katrina. We used the gas from one car and 10 gallons in the garage. No transportation issue though no power for nearly two weeks.

    • Warren Hall
      Warren Hall

      Get the Tesla Powerwalls. Good for 24hrs or more.

  • Damon Barry
    Damon Barry

    Where Willthe unicorns get the energy

  • Damon Barry
    Damon Barry

    Where does power come from with no oil gas nuclear. AC 24 hrs in FL

  • paul kelly
    paul kelly

    You started out well, but then switched bases... miles x KW per mile! = total Kw, but you fail to account for "Kwh inventory" full tanks sitting in garages. There are 276 million vehicles registered in the US. If the all had a 100 kWh battery pack, it would take 2.76 Billion KWh to charge them all to full capacity. The entire electric generating capacity in the US is 1.12 Billion Kw. The EXCESS generating capacity in the US is tiny. Put your empirical hat on for a minute.. Texas and California can't meet electric demand NOW.. even with small EV market penetration! Enjoy your video's, but as far as this one goes, can the US power grid handle large scale EV adoption?... Put me solidly in the dissenting column!

  • Jonathan Tillman
    Jonathan Tillman

    You wave your hand like a magician waves a wand while stating "if you want more electricity, we will sell you more electricity." No details about where this additional electricity is going to come from...no discussion of the additional 30-40% needed to power logistics transportation (trucking)...(you only glossed over [very lightly] the 4 wheelers converting to EV). Please, I am NOT saying it can't be done, it can be but it isn't as simple as waving a hand ....however ther very people who have strongly opposed the construction of new power plants are largely the same group as the ones pushing us towards EV's....how does THAT compute? Name the last new major electric generating plant brought online in this country....snaildarters are tying them up from even being proposed. This video did NOT go very far towards truly anticipating the specific major hurdles of electrification of our personal transportation system. There are potential answers ...they were NOT discussed here. The future of transportation does lie down the path of electrification...but it will NOT get there in a majority fashion in 15-20 years.

  • Tammie Andrzejczuk
    Tammie Andrzejczuk

    So how much expensive electricity will get when demand go up? Who is gonna pay to upgrade the grid? How is the increased electricity price gonna affect low income families or people that do not own a car or drive? Once again, low and medium income people are gonna feel this the most thanks to the Democrats policies pushing the EVs on us while the country is not ready for it. Electric companies will look to max their profits just like oil companies and electricity prices will sky rocket when demand goes up.

  • Rick Pederson
    Rick Pederson

    If a lot of cars will get charged at night after work, where will this electricity come from , night time no solar , and little wind, will this come for hydro carbon source , if so this sounds great progress, as well if you have a garage it is easy to have a charging station, what about all those that people

  • frost381

    2035 Canada banning sale of ALL gas powered vehicles... likely to be overturned by conservatives if balence of power changes before then.

  • Micheal Ellis
    Micheal Ellis

    This misses the mark that everyone is moving to solar power which is not available when most people will be charging there electric vehicles and normal power plants are being taken off line, so where is the power coming from at night. looking at this means that the gas or coal power plants will have to come back on line.

  • Michael Fish
    Michael Fish

    Almost all electricity is generating from burning coal. So to save the earth we should go from burning carbon(oil) to burning carbon(coal). Spoiler alert: it wouldn't even put a dent in carbon emissions even if electricity didn't come from coal. The vast majority of greenhouse gas comes from cow farts and a handful of corporations. So go vegan if you want to save the earth and leave our gas guzzlers alone.

  • IWT

    30 percent doesn't seem like a challenge to you until you take account the construction of new lines. Here in Chino Hills, people sued Socal Edison because they were installing additional electrical lines. Always take account of Nimby's. Edison did build those lines across a 2 mile span, but they had to trench and it took them 10 years finish it due to litigation. Same group is now suing so they won't build a solar farm in a vacant lot in town

  • Johnnyc drums
    Johnnyc drums

    What are you going to do? Throw the dead batteries in a land fill when they’re junk?

    • Irwan Clark
      Irwan Clark

      Most EV cars don’t actually have that bad battery degradation. Most 2012(or 13 I forget when the model S came out) Tesla model S owners have only seen about 10-15% of battery lost. And considering that’s a 9 year old car it’s pretty reasonable to assume that we have made this percentage even less. In New Zealand, there is a company trying to use second hand leaf batteries as battery banks. They use them because at the end of its life (after around 7-10 years maybe more) they still retain about 60% of its charge. This isn’t enough to drive far but is still a reasonable amount. They charge over a period of time and release energy when needed. It is expected to be used in rural areas to improve the overall flow of electricity. Also engineering explained has said previously that recycling batteries properly is a thing. People get this perception that Lithium batteries go into landfill because the types you get with cameras and small ones do end up there because people aren’t educated on the topic, such as yourself.

  • Johnnyc drums
    Johnnyc drums

    Nah, I want to use more energy not revert back to the dark ages.

  • groove9tube

    Would be interesting to know how long it took to build gas station infrastructure after first wave of cars produced in the 1920s.

    • Just SomeGuy
      Just SomeGuy

      I can tell you that the grid took longer to build than gas stations as gas stations don't need to be interconnected. Literally a horse-drawn cart can haul gas in containers to a station.

  • Oane Schriemer
    Oane Schriemer

    What happens in a winter storm or a hurricane, wild fire and you need to get out , combustion is the way to go

  • DocSiders

    But EV usage will be coupled with the elimination of fossil fuels at the same time....while converting trucks, trains and airplanes to synthetic liquid fuels (which we don't have yet). Sun and wind cannot handle that scale of energy (peak demand doubles storage requirements...which then doubles the generation requirements). That leaves nuclear...and to generate the needed power by 2050, we'll need to build two big 2.5 Gigawatt nuclear plants every week from now 'till then...over 300 big nuclear plants. That's not going to happen. Nobody's talking about the impossible scale of a "decarbonization" plan. There are no such plans.

  • Mr Swanny
    Mr Swanny

    We’re seeing energy price arbitrage at a utility level with battery substations, so no reason this can’t be scaled down for EVs. If the price drops for even a few minutes, the car can start charging according to a set algorithm

  • Brolick Scholar
    Brolick Scholar

    Not gonna work....

  • stan Bartkowiak
    stan Bartkowiak

    CA will require to turn off your AC to charge your car.

  • Roddy Creswell
    Roddy Creswell

    The grid can't handle the demand now, how is it going to handle millions of cars plugged in every night?

  • radioredline88

    Full ev adoption, even with law changes in the USA, will go over the same as the fully available covid vaccine adoption rate or handing in your ak47. Gm and ford just say 2035 to make stock price go up. Today, 4% of USA cars sold are EV. Laws and better range will change that but you’ll never get everyone unless you ban production of fuel.

  • H Allen B
    H Allen B

    Your analysis is flawed. You are considering the electrical consumption of providing EV "fuel" but not the ICE vehicle. My EV uses about the same amount of electricity to go 'x' miles as an ICE car that gets 18 mpg. Refineries use an immense amount of electricity (and water too if you want to go there). I'd suggest that ICE and EV passenger cars use close to the same amount of electricity per mile of travel. Answer to the question asked by your video: there will be no substantial change to electrical demand by changing all ICE to EV.

  • Ghost of Manitou
    Ghost of Manitou

    Every time I thought you were missing an aspect of this problem you addressed it a minute latter. Very well thought out research on this. I don't know what percentage of people don't live in houses with garages or at least driveways but I believe people who have to park curb side, in parking lots and parking structures will be an enormous challenge.