Where are all of these electric cars going to charge?

http://fortune.com/2017/08/06/electric-car-charging-points/

With the arrival of the Tesla Model 3, many agree that the electric car is finally poised to go mainstream. But as the grand plans of CEO Elon Musk come to fruition, cities and businesses need to move fast to install enough public chargers for all of them—and maybe even to produce enough electricity.

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims points out that while the 44,000 public charging stations currently online may feel like enough now, that’s about to change in a big way. Tesla alone expects to make over 400,000 EVs by the end of next year. That would nearly double the size of the U.S. electric fleet, even before you add in the occasional Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt.

Many existing public chargers are in places like business parking lots, and those stations should be easy to expand as electrics multiply. But Mims identifies a glaring weak point in the network—streetside charging for urban residents without garages is extremely scarce. Those urbanites, moreover, are among the most likely customers for mainstream electrics like the Model 3.

Chargepoint, the biggest U.S. charging provider, has installed a few dozen chargers in lampposts in Los Angeles, which might suggest one way forward on that issue. But in places like Brooklyn, where street parking is universal yet scarce, the transition to electrics may require a wholesale rethinking of what a curb looks like.

And there’s an even bigger problem. According to Mims, if enough people want to charge their cars during periods of peak demand, or at high-speed superchargers, there may not even be enough power on the grid to do it.

The good news—or, from a climate perspective, bad news—is that there should be time for planners to keep up with drivers’ shifting needs. Those 400,000 new Teslas might sound like a lot, but they’ll be joining a U.S. fleet of more than 250 million old-fashioned, gasoline-powered cars. Most current analysis suggests electric cars will take at least two decades to outsell gasoline vehicles, and many years after that to make up a majority of cars on the road.

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the $64 question..whoever does will be making money..lots of it..follow the money..

“The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims points out that while the 44,000 public charging stations currently online may feel like enough now, that’s about to change in a big way. Tesla alone expects to make over 400,000 EVs by the end of next year. That would nearly double the size of the U.S. electric fleet, even before you add in the occasional Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt.”

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~ by seeker401 on September 12, 2017.

14 Responses to “Where are all of these electric cars going to charge?”

  1. Solutions:
    1. Battery swapping stations for pooled batteries.
    2. Wireless charging between cars (for some margin fees).
    3. Beamed IR light onto solar panels on car roofs.
    Just give them enough time.

  2. YERUSHALAYIM – Last week it was Skoda, and this week Hyundai Motors announced that it would open a research and development center in Israel. With the move, Hyundai joins a growing number of car makers, including BMW, Ford, GM and others that are developing sensor-based smart cars and driverless vehicle technologies in Israel.

    http://hamodia.com/2017/09/06/hyundai-work-technion-smart-car-driverless-tech/

  3. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs collaboration accord with Israel’s Technion for water research

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is heading a delegation of more than 40 businessmen, investors, health care professionals, academic and water experts from the Chicago area to Israel, to try and find ways in which the Windy City can collaborate with Startup Nation on technology.The aim of the visit is to see how Chicago’s “diversity, size and scale” can tap into Israeli innovation and make sure that US companies “embrace disruption” and don’t fear it, he said.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/windy-city-seeks-deeper-ties-with-startup-nation-on-technology/?utm_source=Start-Up+Daily&utm_campaign=504fb35d1b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fb879fad58-504fb35d1b-55032349

    EMBRACE DISRUPTION ( disruptive technologies) DON’T FEAR IT!
    they need it to make ‘bubbles’

  4. Funding for Illinois Researchers to Address Advancements in Power Conversion

    http://midwestenergynews.com/2017/09/05/funding-for-illinois-researchers-to-address-advancements-in-power-conversion/

  5. “Water-Gen, which has developed a way to extract drinking water from air”

    Same way they create ‘money’ ?

  6. hydrogen is better. we have two models available in california, the toyota mirai and the honda clarity, which turn the H into electricity. you go to the hydrogen station and fill up. mercedes has a hydrogen internal combustion engine that’s supposedly quite performant, but not on the market yet.

  7. Since “green” energy is only a few percent we will need to burn more coal oil and gas to supply the car grid since transporting electric power is very inefficient compared with putting the energy source directly in the tank – ie diesel and petrol. It will lower city centre pollution but increase power plant pollution .
    But Elon’s empire must be built. The infrastructure costs will be enormous
    for no big advantage it seems to me .

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