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Old 10-15-2013, 06:43 PM   #522 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by 2007 ion2 View Post
the only problem I see with that idea is, once everyone (or even a lot of people) adopt plug in hybrids or plug in EVs, the grid is going to be so overwhelmed, we are going to need more power plants, and this will increase emissions made by power plants and increase cost and upkeep on the infrastructure. and don't respond with a BS response like: well, people can just charge their cars at night, when the grid is unladen. this won't ever happen. most people will get home and plug in, because nobody wants to have to remember to go out to their car at ten at night to plug it in.
#1> They don't have to remember ... or go back out at 10pm ... Outlet Timers are cheap ... like $10 ... and many chargers are programmable ... they can do this for you... just like a thermostat turns the heat on and off for you in the middle of the night.

#2> Actually it will decrease power plant costs , and upkeep ... not increase them... because it increases the utilization factor of the facilities.

#3> This same argument for 'limits' of electricity ... is not only about BEVs ... if it were true ... it would equally apply to building any new houses , street, lights , shopping malls , stores , factories ... letting people buy bigger TVs ... or any more electronics for their homes.

#4> It isn't an overnight thing ... there isn't day 1 no BEVs ... Day 2 there are 10 million of them plugging in ... it doesn't ramp up like that.... they aren't being bought or made fast enough to outpace the utilities ability to ramp up itself.

#5> It's a business ... utility electricity isn't free ... they want you to use more ... so they can make more money ... that's why the heavy industrial electric users always get preferred customer lower rates ... if the increased usage caused increased costs and wear on infrastructure ... the exact opposite would happen ... they would charge the heavy industrial user even more than the small scale residential user ... but that is not how it works... because the more you use the more profitable it is for them to sell it to you.

#6> If any additional power plants and or utility lines are needed ... then the utility company puts them up ... and they pass the cost along to the customer in the way of increased rates... thus the solution for the problem that doesn't exist.
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