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  • OutlawStar

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    Have you ever thought about the additional demands that would be put upon an aging infrastructure if so many people went to an EV? Also consider that the population is increasing, not decreasing, so that is additional housing that will also end up on the aging infrastructure, that I suspect is already running at it's limits. I seriously doubt it could stand such an additional strain.
    Well I was going to point out how at least the Texas grid is still overbuilt by at least 15% until the new article came out saying multiple power plants are offline asking us to raise our thermostats to 78 or higher this weekend. But yeah I think the grid would still be able to handle the "additional load" simply because of when the EVs would likely be charging.

    Traditionally electricity use dropped during the day when everyone left the house and went to the office. Not so much anymore now that many are still working from home. Realistically the peak usage would be in the late afternoon and evening as people were getting home, ramping up AC, and turning on the oven for dinner. But just as many do, the theory is you'd charge your vehicle overnight when cooking is done, temperatures drop (slightly less AC usage) and lights in the house get turned off.

    Probably hopeless optimism on my behalf as well; given the (i know you guys hate this) average ownership of a vehicle being about 12 years, that would mean even if ICE cars became illegal to sell or buy tomorrow, you'd only replace about 30-40% of ICE vehicles in the next decade and I would hope ERCoT and utility companies would be able to keep up their own infrastructure over a decade to keep up with demand. Maybe you're right and it would fall apart under the spike of electricity usage, but going off their numbers it'd be fine over the next decade or so as-is.
     

    Darkpriest667

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    Saw my first Rivian in the wild today in Norman OK. Of course, it wasn't pulling anything.

    Trucks almost never are. Most people who own trucks do not need them. Even if they DO need them sometimes it's only 1 or 2 times a year. If they had any math sense they'd RENT a truck to do a dirty job once or twice a year and save their asses in fuel and payments (truck payments) the other 360 days a year, but you know. Everyone's dick needs to be measured in a certain way and for a lot of Texans it's their truck.

    If you have a work truck and it's for work then use it for work I get it, but that should not be your commuting vehicle . You think the payment is so bad on a second car + insurance. The amount of money you'd save in gas is unbelievable. My Corolla gets 38 mpg if I do the speed limit. At the speed I drive it gets about 34 to 35. You divide that by 100k miles and then do your truck which (3/4 ton) MIGHT get 10 mpg and it starts adding up.
     

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    I'll try and chime in here next week with some pics and stats on a couple different chargers.

    At my work (mercedes dealership) we have 3 soon to be 4 chargers. Not counting the 120v option, we have some level 2 and a level 3 DC fast charger on order.

    Cost ranges from a couple grand to a couple handfulls of grands. The infrastructure and placement can be the bigger cost. One of the units required a transformer placed next to it. One unit was close enough to the electric room to just run some conduit. The one out front (level 2 chargepoint) was pre wired when they built the building.

    The new lever 3 DC fast charger will be setup outside the shop next to the electric room. The cost to run wires to put it out front was cost prohibitive.

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    Younggun

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    Trucks almost never are. Most people who own trucks do not need them. Even if they DO need them sometimes it's only 1 or 2 times a year. If they had any math sense they'd RENT a truck to do a dirty job once or twice a year and save their asses in fuel and payments (truck payments) the other 360 days a year, but you know. Everyone's dick needs to be measured in a certain way and for a lot of Texans it's their truck.

    If you have a work truck and it's for work then use it for work I get it, but that should not be your commuting vehicle . You think the payment is so bad on a second car + insurance. The amount of money you'd save in gas is unbelievable. My Corolla gets 38 mpg if I do the speed limit. At the speed I drive it gets about 34 to 35. You divide that by 100k miles and then do your truck which (3/4 ton) MIGHT get 10 mpg and it starts adding up.

    If your 3/4 ton truck is getting 10mpg it’s because you’re towing, in which case the Corolla wouldn’t cut it, lol. Hell, my 27 year old K1500 gets 14-16 on the highway.

    And why 3/4 ton? Most people who get trucks just because they want one and only use it for truck stuff on occasion get a half ton.
     

    F350-6

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    I need to tow 9000 lb a few times a year.
    The rest of the year, I travel about 50 miles a day and spend 10 hours a day in my truck watching contractors work. I burn a lot of fuel on AC/ heat .

    Tell me how I can save money and I'll listen.
    Turn the motor off and sweat in the summer and shiver in the winter. Not fun, but it will save you money
     

    F350-6

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    Have you ever thought about the additional demands that would be put upon an aging infrastructure if so many people went to an EV? Also consider that the population is increasing, not decreasing, so that is additional housing that will also end up on the aging infrastructure, that I suspect is already running at it's limits. I seriously doubt it could stand such an additional strain.
    And along the same lines, don't forget the gas tax that pays for roads. Those funds have been drying up as MPG's have increased. If there's a large switch to EV, then they're going to have to switch to a miles charge or add the tax somewhere else, like your electric bill to cover the gap.
     
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