Re: [EVDL] EVLN: GM Spark, the "we've got one too" electric "compliance car"
[quote]Cor van de Water wrote:
> Seriously, this problem has been solved so many times
> already, this is simply another installment of the
> ever-growing *electric* energy use. Why are some
> people trying to make a problem of it?
Nobody is trying to make a problem out of it; all that has been stated is factual.
The present distribution transformers are largely incapable of supporting the additional load associated with relatively widespread adoption of residential EV charging at multi-kW power levels. The utilities are concerned about being able to stay ahead of the adoption curve and get the infrastructure updated faster than residential charging takes off.
Yes, the same issue occurred when residential air-conditioning became widely adopted. It is not insurmountable, but it is a challenge facing the utilities. It is easy to say that the utilities should simply take the opportunity to pass the cost on to the consumer, but while that will surely happen in the end, utilities are far more regulated than most other businesses and by and large cannot simply jack up rates at will.
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