Sure - lots of factors affect it. And hurricanes def throw shit way off. Here in Texas the heat can cause pretty significant changes in load. Brownouts and rolling blackouts aren't uncommon due to peak load variations. It may be different in other areas, but peak load is easily seen here during hot summers. How much variance? I'm not an expert. But every homeowner knows the very real impacts of load demand spikes.Sorry boss, there would be no such thing as "off peak" anymore. There would be hundreds of thousands of people people trying to charge up and the as people try to charge up before incoming storms (think about groceries stores before hurricanes coming your way).
We've been a hundred years developing the infrastructure, done mostly all privately by gas station industry and trucking, for distribution of petrol.
This push by using subsidies to get more EVs is ahead of itself.
Subsidies are a whole nuther area. I'm not itching to debate that one. I'll get a small subsidy for our two cars, but honestly saving the planet and tax kickbacks weren't really a factor in our buying decision.
And I think we all agree that adaptations will be needed as the percentage of EV's on the road grows. It remains to be seen how that will play out. Here in Texas we've learned how to respond to grocery demand ahead of hurricanes. Stores and citizens alike have developed plans and strategies for dealing with it. More importantly docs and pharmacies also have solid plans in place. Hell - even Dominoes here will deliver pizzas by boat during a flood. Seriously - no shit.
If we can get a pizza delivered by boat during a flood, I have total faith that smart engineers and planners can accommodate power demand growth over time.
BTW - good time to say thank you to everyone who served. I had the good fortune to spend some time on a Seawolf class submarine as part of a Navy program offered to potential Academy students when I was 18. It was a hella time and an amazing opportunity. And it gives me huge respect for those doing duty full time on those boats.
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