The futuristic electric car utopia is under threat before it's even arrived, as one UK electricity supplier warns that charging points may have to be time-delayed to avoid the commuters of the country smashing the grid to pieces when they all plug their e-cars in to charge at 6:25pm every evening.
This menace to society and the kettles boiling is being forewarned by transport minister John Hayes, who said: "We know the demand for electric vehicles places the national grid under pressure. It’s critically important -- we are working on this. It’s particularly important that we charge smart, so we flex demand and take advantage of spare capacity."
And electricity supplier SSE is trialling such a system that delays charging of electric vehicles by a few hours to make sure they're doing it after everyone's microwaved their convenience meals, had their cups of tea and watched their evening TV.
Which sounds like a great idea for the electricity suppliers, but isn't so appealing for future electric car owners. Being told you can only start charging your car a few hours after plugging it in is hardly going to convince people who demand a 300-mile range to cover every three-minute trip to the supermarket to go electric. [Guardian]