Less than a week after California’s Air Resource Board banned gas-powered vehicles in the Golden State starting in 2035, California is now asking electric vehicle owners to stop charging their cars at certain times of the day in order to not strain the state’s power grid due to the heatwave they’re experiencing. From the Daily Mail:
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has called for residents across the state to ‘reduce’ energy usage between 4 and 9pm ‘when the system is the most stressed because demand for electricity remains high.’
Starting on Wednesday and running until Tuesday, residents are being asked to not charge their electric vehicles between those hours, set their thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances, and turn off unnecessary lights.
‘Lowering electricity use during that time will ease [the] strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages,’ the bulletin said.
Though the ISO primarily attributes their action to air conditioners and also asks residents to set their thermostats to 78 degrees, no doubt California’s population will be all set to own electric vehicles in 13 years. However, there’s that pesky issue of a lack of charging stations needed for electric vehicles that keeps coming up too:
Although California has the most in the nation, it will need 2.1 million by 2030 to meet the demand of the new massive fleet of electric vehicles.
More than 73,000 public and shared chargers have been installed to date, with an additional 123,000 planned by 2025.
These numbers fall short of the state’s goal of 250,000 chargers by 54,000 installations.
Electric vehicles are a great idea, but the reality is something different altogether. However, CARB’s recent decision to essentially force Golden State residents to switch to electric vehicles despite a lack of infrastructure to support such a move demonstrates how unserious California politicos are, or how dedicated the left is to making people’s lives a living hell.
The power grid in California can barely provide enough energy to everyone now, imagine what will happen will millions of Golden State residents become electric vehicle owners and need to charge their vehicles.