That depends on where you are located. In some area, night-time charging can be done with electricity generated by either Nuclear, or Hydro power plants. Electric vehicles are very beneficial to the profitability of the electric utility industry.jcarm75 said:Exactly GARYD. Another example of not looking at the whole picture is electric cars, they just transfer the pollution to the powerplant in the form of more energy needing to be produced to charge the cars.
I can't solve the battery problem, but Electric Vehicles also has another big plus for the Electric Utilities via Smart Grid. The plan would be to have the unused electric vehicles to be able to supply power to the grid - you'll get paid for allowing your battery to generate onto the grid. There are actually some pretty exciting concepts being thrown around that I worked on with Smart Grid at General Electric.GARYD said:RITT333, you are right, but what happens when there are millions of them on the road?? We will need to build more power plants - preferably nuclear - even though the present administration is against that.
Then what do we do with all the used up batteries??
With the vehicle's batteries, you may be supplying power to the grid during high-cost (to the utility) periods so they will pay you a pretty good premium. Also, the EV might be something that you want/need anyways, but the solar or wind turbine (Not a Windmill) is something that you might not really need. Although, if the thin solar panels were cheap enough they could replace the shingles on your roof. GE (and others) are working on this, but still too expensive. DOE is spending a lot of money on getting solar's costs down - equivalent to the JFK "put a man on the moon" initiative in the 60s. Someday...GARYD said:Isn't that pretty much the same concept with private windmills and solar panels - about selling back unused electricty to the electric companies??