I’m not too worried about this one. At $40,000 for a Volt, people won’t exactly be spending the night at the dealership to buy the first day they come out.

As the Freepress reports, the chairman of Detroit Edison Energy, Tony Earley, stated yesterday that

Preparing America’s neighborhoods to handle the additional power that electric vehicles are expected to require is among the challenges facing the utility and automotive industries as plug-in electric vehicles are introduced

Earley said the nation’s power plants and major power lines are capable of providing adequate electricity to meet the additional demand but the power lines in neighborhoods need to be upgraded.

With most plug-in electric vehicles expected to cost $40,000 or more, “We can pretty much guess what neighborhoods are going to buy these vehicles,” Earley said during a panel discussion on electric vehicles in Detroit hosted by Inforum.

“You will see breakers trip and you will see transformers burn out,” Earley said.

These seem to be preventable problems, using systems allowing only charging of electric vehicles at night, and only when the dishwasher, water-heater, etc. are not in operation. After all, that’s why we have sufficient power plants and major transmission lines for electric cars: indeed, electric cars must charge during off-peak hours.

(Not that we need more cars of any kind. To beat that drum, all this energy needs to go into public transportation and associated land-use planning efforts.)


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