EV Destined to Pay for Electric Grid Upgrade – OpEd – Eurasia Review

California has long proclaimed itself a “pioneer”, but the UK has done one job in California with its innovative electric vehicle charging regulations. Turns out electric vehicle charging could be another source of revenue in the UK:

UK regulations that come into force in June 2022 will restrict charging times, as new chargers in the home and workplace will automatically turn off at peak times to avoid potential power outages.

  1. New UK chargers will be preset not to work within 9 hours of peak loads, from 8am to 11am (3hrs), and from 4pm to 10pm (6hrs).
  2. In addition, all UK electric car chargers installed in the home will be required to separately measure and send this information to the smart meter data communications network.
  3. This UK law will likely allow the electricity used to charge electric vehicles to be taxed at a higher rate than local electricity.

The technology enacted in the UK also enables electricity rationing for electric vehicle charging because the UK government can decide when and if an EV can be charged, as well as allowing an EV battery to drain into the UK grid if necessary.

The UK Charging Act that comes into force in June 2022 could be a precursor to new US charging legislation to protect the grid and become a source of higher revenue generation for those who can afford electric vehicles.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global electric vehicle fleet has expanded significantly over the past decade, buoyed by supportive policies and technological advances to increase inventory to 7.2 million electric vehicles. However, today there are 1.2 billion vehicles on the world’s roads with projections of up to 2 billion by 2035. It is clear that more electric vehicles are being shipped from unstable electric grids.

Before committing to an EV, calculate the total annual cost of fuel for your current vehicle. With electricity prices rising, and the potential for electricity to charge electric vehicles to be higher than local prices, there may be a shock (again, no pun intended) about potential savings for joining the electric car revolution.

Toyota recently warned the world that the world is far from ready to abandon petrol and diesel engines and needs batteries to power our alternatives. Toyota is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cars and trucks – twice the size of General Motors (GM), our largest company. When Toyota talks, car buyers listen. And we hope our elected officials will, too.

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

Wimmer’s comments came on the heels of General Motors’ announcement that it would phase out all gas internal combustion engines by 2035. Other manufacturers, including Mini, have followed suit with similar announcements that could spell disaster for the consumer. To meet the emissions regulations that are imposed on the automobile manufacturing sector, they are ‘regulated’ towards zero-emission vehicles.

For Toyota, it’s not just about finding enough EV battery materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel. It also concerns the following:

Today, most states have an adequate supply of electricity, but if proposals banning natural gas in new homes and buildings and demands for electric vehicle recharging rise, states could face the same outages as California and China.

China currently has the largest number of electric vehicles on the road while California leads the United States with about half of all electric vehicles in America located in the temperate climate of California. China and California, which have large wind and solar farms, are experiencing grid overload, and people are increasingly losing electricity. It will likely be much worse in the future.

Toyota Alarm is a good thing. Addressing the electricity shortage now, before we have our backs on the wall, is better. But the UK’s idea of ​​electric car owners charging (pardon the pun) more electricity to charge their electric batteries, may be another nail in the coffin of public acceptance of an affordable electric car future.

Add to that the fact that many electric vehicle manufacturers have issued safety warnings about it being unsafe to park underground due to the potential for EV battery fires, and not charging unattended could make electric vehicle ownership a very bad deal.

Increasing electrification rates, and perhaps only higher rates for electric vehicle charging, may be an important civil rights issue that particularly disadvantaged minorities (blacks and Hispanics) must watch.

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