With California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandated phase-out of gas-powered automobiles, we learn that one in five plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners switched back to owning gas-powered cars, because charging the batteries was a hassle, new research reports.
Business Insider reported on the research published in the journal Nature Energy by University of California Davis researchers Scott Hardman and Gil Tal that surveyed Californians who purchased an electric vehicle between 2012 and 2018, that 20% of EV car owners say charging the battery takes too long and is a hassle. They also discovered nearly two-thirds of PEV drivers in the survey said they didn’t use Public charging stations, the electric version of the gas station.
Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order requires sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and “additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.”
The Governor’s Executive Order also addresses “closure and remediation of former oil extraction sites.”
Newsom announced last fall he will aggressively move the state further away from its reliance on “climate change-causing” fossil fuels. Newsom plans to abolish the use of natural gas and propane appliances.
He hasn’t addressed coal-powered electric vehicles, however. Coal is primarily used as fuel to generate electric power in the United States, according to the USGS, which also reports the largest coal deposit in the U.S. by volume is the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, which the USGS estimated to have 1.07 trillion short tons of in-place coal resources, 162 billion short tons of recoverable coal resources, and 25 billion short tons of economic coal resources (also called reserves) in 2013.
Californians may not accept the mandate away from natural gas and propane so easily, as rolling blackouts are fast becoming a way of life in California, and often are due to solar and wind power only providing intermittent energy. Power shutoffs are the new way energy companies now deal with the threat of wildfires in regions with exposed power lines.
The cost and hassle of installing an electric plug-in charging station at your home is what keeps many from either purchasing an electric car, or those who do have to find a location near work to charge it. The installation of the electric car home charging station must be permitted, a specially-licensed/authorized electrician must do the work, and the station itself can run $1,600. This is why many use EV parking spaces public parking garages to charge their vehicles.
And Tesla had a little “whoops” to address. The electric car maker cancelled its “no questions asked” 7 day return policy. “Now sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla has discontinued the policy last night,” Electrek reported. “The support page for the policy now redirects to Tesla’s general support page without any replacement policy.”
Business Insider reported weighed in on home outlets:
Standard home outlets generally put out about 120 volts of power at what electric vehicle aficionados call “Level 1” charging, while the high-powered specialty connections offer 240 volts of power and are known as “Level 2.” By comparison, Tesla’s “Superchargers,” which can fully charge its cars in a little over an hour, offer 480 volts of direct current.
The governor has not said what electric car owners will do for a charge this summer during rolling energy blackouts.
Yet, Gov. Newsom has admitted that “the state’s transition away from fossil fuels is a contributing factor to the state’s rolling blackouts,” the Daily Caller reported last August. “The elimination of fossil fuel products as a major form of energy production and the shift to solar power and other forms of green energy has led to what Newsom called ‘gaps’ in the energy grid’s reliability, the Democratic governor said during a press conference.”
The blackouts last summer were “due to the unexpected loss of a 470 megawatt power plant, as well as a loss of nearly 1,000 megawatts from wind power,” according to CAISO, the state’s energy system operator, California Independent System Operator.
All-of-the-above-energy would make the most sense in California – hydroelectric, natural gas, solar, wind, coal, etc… After all, California isn’t Norway, which is mostly-electric thanks to living on 1,600 glaciers and having abundant hydroelectric power. However, Norway is also one of the world’s largest producers of oil due to huge oil reserves in the North Sea, most of which is exported, since they don’t need all of it.
The point is, electric cars pull power off of California’s already tapped grid.
During the upcoming energy blackouts, how will Californians charge their Teslas, Chevy Volts and Bolts, Nissan LEAFs, and plug-in Volvos, Porsches, Toyotas, BMWs, Audis and Kias?