Will Adopting Electric Cars Hurt The Power Grid?

(FiveNation.com)- If Democrats get their way and America reaches 100 percent “clean energy” by 2035, what kind of effect with that have on the country’s power grid?

If everybody’s driving around in electric vehicles, those vehicles will have to charge up, adding additional strain to the US electric grid.

Last year, 6.6 million electric vehicles were sold. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, light-duty electric vehicles added 1,700 gigawatt-hours in energy load to the grid annually.

The Biden administration plans to have half of all new vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2030. If that happens, electric vehicle sales by 2030 are projected to be 23 million. That is going to place far more strain on the electric grid than 1,700 gigawatt-hours a year.

Since that would be impossible to maintain that kind of load with our current infrastructure, utility companies have proposed billions in infrastructure projects to meet the forecasted demand.

Sure, they attack Americans for using air conditioning on a hot day, but now they’re willing to spend billions on infrastructure to meet the strain electric vehicles will put on the US electric grid.

According to a 2019 Summary Report on electric vehicles and the US power grid, the only way widespread use of electric vehicles can happen is if the current electric grid is modified.

This isn’t just about installing more charging stations.

Where does most of our electricity come from? Fossil fuels and nuclear. In other words, the two things the Green Energy people want to get rid of. Do they really believe that adding windmills and solar panels will accommodate the increased strain on the electric grid from widespread electric vehicle use?

According to Matteo Muratori, increased electric vehicle use will lead to increased electricity demands. To accommodate the increase, the grid would need to be upgraded to handle the additional distribution and transmission.

Until that happens, Muratori suggested “smart charge management” including having utility companies charge more when customers charge their electric vehicles during “peak” hours when demand is high and charge less during off-peak hours.

In a report for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Muratori stated that “uncoordinated charging” of electric vehicles “will lead to increased system peak load.” This could possibly exceed the maximum power supported by the distribution systems, and will generally increase power grid stress.