Britain faces huge costs to avoid power shortages with electric car plan

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

I mentioned a recent Wood Mackenzie report into the implications for our power supply from electric cars.

It now has started to get some media traction, for instance from the Independent and the following report from Reuters, which widens the debate:

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain must plough billions of pounds into new power plants, grid networks and electric vehicle charging points if it is to avoid local power shortages when a planned ban on new diesel and petrol cars begins.

Supporting millions more battery-powered vehicles over the next two decades is technically feasible, and if drivers can be persuaded to recharge them overnight – when spare power capacity is abundant – the huge infrastructure cost could be kept down.

Local networks particularly face problems, so the country will need a range of technologies for managing consumption to meet an estimated rise of up to 15 percent in…

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