Brave Green World: Ban Could Be Placed On Charging Electric Cars During Peak Times

  • Date: 14/07/17
  • Joe Finnerty, The Sun

Electricity demand could rise by a third by 2050 with bans in place on when electric cars can be charged, experts have warned.

The surge in plug-in motors popularity could cause “challenges” for energy providers, according to National Grid forecasts.

Electric cars

Electric cars will have to be charged at certain times to avoid blackouts

 

By 2050, 90 per cent of new cars are expected to be electric sending demand for electricity soaring, especially at peak times.

And the National Grid said peak time demand could rise by 18 gigawatts (GW) – the equivalent of nearly six Hinkley Point nuclear power stations.

It said “smart chargers” could have to be introduced to only fill up car batteries when power networks could cope.

Drivers would have to wait until times of day when there was surplus electricity.

And cars with existing charge left could be used to plough resources back into the grid.

Dustin Benton, acting policy director at the Green Alliance, a think-tank, told the FT to keep costs down consumers may have to “accept some control over when and how they charge their cars”.

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