Our buddy, Tony Jordan is weighing in on EV Charging as Public Policy. You can read the article from Streetsblog over on Parknews.biz. The problem is that the President has proposed spending billions if not more to install half a million EV charging stations across the fruited plain but hasn’t really defined how the money will be divided between private homes and public spaces.
There are, it seems, three types of chargers ranging from trickle charging that usually comes with the vehicle, Type II chargers that cost two to three grand and can fully charge a vehicle in 4 to 6 hours, and the type three units that cost over 10K, can cost up to fifty thousand to install, and can charge in half an hour. Trickle chargers can take up to four days to fully charge a Tesla.
Then there is the issue of where to place the chargers. Putting them in apartments seems reasonable, but the whole idea of apartments, particularly those built near transit, is to move people out of their cars and onto public transport. Plus, many who live in apartments can’t afford pricy EVs.
So you end up with a situation where those who really don’t need the subsidy (the rich) who can afford pricy EVs get the money, and those less fortunate, as usual get the shaft. Tony would like chargers placed in existing garages, where he admits they are more difficult to install, and on streets where anyone can have access. Of course these should be powered with solar power, he says, which can be sold back to the electric grid when its not being used.
The type two charger, attractive to garages because of the lower cost, takes considerable time to charge vehicles, means more chargers would be required.
So you can see that Tony is right. Public policy decisions will have to be made as to where, how many, and which type of chargers will be installed. I’m sure our woke friends will go nuts when they find that the only reasonable thing to do is install chargers where EVs are, mostly in affluent neighborhoods, leaving the rest of us without access to power for our nonexistent vehicles.
Of course, not one word has been said in all these discussions about just where the power is coming from (except Tony’s solar solution, which doesn’t work too well at night, or on cloudy days). It has been predicted by many, Elon Musk among this group, that powering an entire fleet of electric vehicles will take a complete reworking of our electric grid. The cost of which is unfathomable.
Automakers have committed to stop production of gas powered vehicles within the next 13 years. The expectation that the 2 percent of folks who buy EVs now will become 100 percent fairly soon.
Oh wait. Autonomous vehicles are on the horizon. Depending on who you ask, that horizon is 10 to 30 years away. One of the benefits of AVs is that they can replace uber and Lyft and make personal car ownership a thing of the past. If so, will charging stations for non owned EVs be in the same place as those placed in the ownership mode we have today.
Yep – Tony hit one out of the park this time. Public policy needs to be thought through, with guys like Tony, and those with knowledge of just how these chargers will be powered, the manufacturers, owners of parking facilities, utilities, apartment owners, and homeowners, all involved in the planning to spend the trillions the President wants to spend. Good luck with that.