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Thread: Amount of Electricity to Charge 2 Million Electric Cars

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    As well as our Jaguar we have two electric cars in the family, my wife's 30kwh Nissan Leaf and my current company car, a Volvo V60 D6 PHEV (2.4 five cylinder diesel up front, electric motor on the rear giving....AWD).

    The 280bhp Volvo averages over 60mpg and has a sub 6 second 0-60, very moorish. The leaf costs pennies to run and on winter tyres is more than capable of life in rural Scotland.

    Without a shadow of a doubt electric cars are a significant part of the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andylandy View Post
    Without a shadow of a doubt electric cars are a significant part of the future.
    But the problem remains that we have no where near enough power stations to charge these vehicles.

    Add to that the problem of limited number of public charging points where people leave their cars plugged in all day while working thus denying others the chance to recharge.

    The whole kit and caboodle is a dogs dinner. Ill thought out energy polices by all governments that just paper over the cracks.

    i think that the combustion engine (diesel and petrol) will be around for a long, long time yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Boy Slim View Post

    Add to that the problem of limited number of public charging points where people leave their cars plugged in all day while working thus denying others the chance to recharge.
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    here is one solution http://www.ebuyer.com/blog/2014/11/b...street-lights/
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    Don't forget home charging points though.

    There's a good opportunity!

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    Hello Payno,

    is it April the first?

    I don't know whatt wattage a street lamp is but I would expect the size of the cable would reflect that, probably modest lamp and hence will only carry a modest amount of current then charging would take a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    I thought people already did that for their own domestic supply..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by piman View Post
    Hello Payno,

    is it April the first?

    I don't know whatt wattage a street lamp is but I would expect the size of the cable would reflect that, probably modest lamp and hence will only carry a modest amount of current then charging would take a very long time.

    Alec
    cant say I know much about power supply but they have to power HID sodium lamps (or used to) so would expect a decent supply of power ?
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    Hello Payno,

    Sodium lamps don't need a lot of power but I suspect that they would have been superceded these days by more efficient lamps.
    Electric car chargers take a lot of power, particularly fast chargers.

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