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Archive for January 28th, 2020

Edit: Seen this article on how they want to use your electric vehicle battery to power the grid, Electric Vehicle Batteries Will ‘Dwarf’ The Grid’s Energy-Storage Needs

See the cons below for more details

Well its happened in Europe. EV adoption is at 1% and read in an article they increased electric costs by 500%. So depending on where you are at. Say you are paying $0.15 a kW. Well in Europe they’re paying $0.85 a kW. Doesnt sound great does it? So far there hasn’t been an increase in electric costs here but most of the BEV adoption occurs in California and well, they cant even keep their power grid on leaving EV motorists stranded. At least most gas stations have the sense to keep backup generators so that way you can still buy gas.

Back to topic, can you imagine paying $50 a month to keep your fridge running. I couldn’t. It used to cost $30 a month or so to run the older fridges but newer more energy efficient ones will run $10 a month on your electric bill, depending on the kW cost and energy needed to run your fridge monthly.  With the U.S. the way it is they may open or reopen a few coal plants just to keep costs lower. But for other countries like Europe they may be doing cleaner energy like solar or wind. Possibly nuclear. But then they would need to build more to keep up demand for the electric cars. And this could just be one area or whatever but still if you need to build more power plants because people are switching to BEVs then that’s a problem because when you need to build cost goes up. Its supply and demand.

Most likely these people are charging at night so its likely there isnt a huge demand going on but maybe enough people caused the power grid to collapse and they decided we need to upgrade the grid and increase the costs. Perhaps this cost is temporary to keep the existing grid stable or its because they realized that oh I guess even if you plug in at night you can still have issues. But your still running your fridge at night and most likely your air conditioner if it’s hot outside and if you got electric heat, running that during cold weather.

But electric grids are not set up for battery electric vehicles. In the U.S. we have to try to keep the electric consumption down so they tell us to turn the thermostat down as far as possible but still try to be comfortable and we were also told to buy more energy efficient appliances.

Now some may be doing this sort of thing for earth day but really it’s to get people to lower energy costs because the power grid can’t handle all the strain.

Ever notice on nice days no wind all of a sudden the lights flicker or you lose power for a second but it comes back on? Well more often then not that’s the grid being overloaded. More power is being drawn than what the power plants are supplying. The demand is higher than the supply in this instance. Normally if the power resumes just fine its probably an air conditioner kicking on or someone plugged in their phone. Doesnt matter what it is. If you notice the power coming on and off and then off then its possible someone turned on something high powered or something like charging an EV. I believe when this occurs and the power keeps coming on and off usually then it shuts off completely for like 10 minutes to an hour. Either a transformer blew or maybe the power company temporarily cut power to the affected areas. Some of this is guesswork but I’m assuming that this is what goes on. I do know that if the power flickers or cuts out that’s considered a brownout. Not enough power is supplied.

Cost obviously doesnt increase normally because of a one time brownout but if it gets to be continuous then cost may perhaps go up when the power company is unable to sustain the grid effective enough. So while we may not see a major brownout occurring it may be that we’re not there yet with too many EVs trying to charge at the same time.

It wont matter whether that you charge in the day or at night, if too many plug in then it’s going to be a mess on the grid. In reality this isnt good because we all need heat and airconditoning and power to our fridges and stoves so we got food to eat. So if you are reading this and was considering an BEV. Please do not buy one. No one can force you not to if you really want one. But then you shouldn’t be convinced to buy one either. There is people out there trying very hard to convince, coerce, force or whatever, to buy a battery electric vehicle. I get it, the environment but if our grid isnt ready then we’re going to have a bad time. I dont want to buy one and really I dont want people to buy one for the fact that my electric bill could go up and someone on a fixed income could have their bill go up.

The option here may be to charge BEV owners that plug in to the grid more money to offset the costs. It’s not right that everyone has to pay because some people bought an EV and is overloading the grid. And so far that may be the best thing to do. Not only that there are way more cons to owning an EV.

Cons of battery electric vehicles

  1. Too many EVs will strain the power grid causing the price of electricity to go up.
  2. Charging time, 30 minutes or more. Causes a pile up of vehicles waiting to be charged at charging stations and you will be sitting for hours on end waiting for a vacant spot to open.
  3. Limited range, less range means more time spent at charging stations.
  4. Batteries may not last past 10 years.
  5. You lose 50% range in cold weather.
  6. Less gasoline or internal combustion engines sold causing a 25% job reduction.
  7. The power companies want to use your electric vehicle battery to power the grid. This will reduce battery life by at least 25% causing you to buy another battery in 6 years instead of say 10 years.

So that adds up to 6 7 negative aspects to owning a battery electric vehicle. How about some pros..

  1. They’re fast at 0-60 ..after that gasoline has more horsepower.
  2. Less maintenance ..until you need to replace the battery.
  3. Got a refueling station at home ..but your electricity bill will go up
  4. I dont have to pay the evil oil company overlords …well everything you buy is pretty much manufactured by oil at some point, so you’re still paying for oil in some way or another.
  5. They are better for the environment ..eh, sort of.

So even the pros are not necessarily pros. So your not saving any money by driving electric. You may be helping the environment a little, it’s hard to say but you wont be helping the cost of electricity in the future. It’s going to go up. Its supply and demand. You wont ever get out of that one because there isnt enough power to replace gasoline vehicles with battery electric ones. So I wrote this blog into hoping that people think twice before buying one. You wont save any money, you do have fewer maintenance costs but the cost to replace that battery if it fails is almost as much as a new gas vehicle. It’s really not worth switching to electric unless you really want to have one. But all the pros listed are pretty much humoring the cons of owning an EV. Honestly I don’t see one good thing about them and its mainly because they just are not good vehicles yet. They want to push these vehicles out to everyone but it’s like pushing out the first Ford model T out when there are cars that do the job better. And right now the gas cars are working fine. Dont be forced or whatever into buying a battery electric vehicle future. You’ll thank me in 20 years when Hydrogen fuel cells come out and be far better in every way. By that time jobs should be gearing towards the future better. We’re not there yet. What these people are doing, trying to convince you that battery electric vehicles are better is just evil. There is nothing to benefit from an electric vehicle other than the investors who are trying to get paid big bucks for an electric vehicle future powered by batteries.

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