- Nov 16, 2005
Just because you can charge on 120v doesn't mean it will become standard. The reality is once enough EVs hit a market you will see builders start to include chargers into the house itself at sale. Then you'll see code changes to regulate the obvious cheap bastards this will bring out. A 15amp charge cycle on 120v doesn't automatically make it less stress either. When grids are designed they tend to assume a downcycle at night where they can do things like drop a plant off the grid for maintenance etc. While YOU might not notice it at home when you see a large adoption of EV in an area trust me the power companies notice it and it can cause problems. Also how many people are in your situation where a 25mile night charge is sufficient?
I sure hope they will begin including ample dedicated circuits for EV charging with new builds, and perhaps my faith in grid operators is misplaced in assuming that they see a freight train coming and are making preparations (investments) for said freight train for the next 10-20-30~ years. However if they're anything like what's going on in California we might be fucked all around and can keep sucking on that sweet sweet oil after everything catches fire...
For some, L1 (36-60) miles of range a night is adequate. e.g. Myself and others like myself.
For others, L2 (120-240 miles of range a night is adequate. e.g. Not myself and people who have more serious commutes.
For regular long range folks they'll need to rely on publicly available infrastructure akin to what they do with gasoline refueling stations currently for those distance runs.
Also EV chargers are onboard, it's basically an appropriately rated circuit and receptacle with a fancy dancy extension cord to the EV of varying feature sets. I otherwise figured you simply meant a dedicated charge port or ports would be included with new homes.
If I were to bet on the long term it would be a distributed grid hybrid kinda deal to keep things in balance. Where homes have renewables plus batteries to soften the load as well as EV transport. In transition I suspect that mild to wild hybrid vehicles will be a thing for a while, especially in distance and out of civilization type scenarios.
I also really really like the idea of true energy independence. Generation, storage, and transport refueling all on my own property. I'm sure some folks hate that idea, partly because their money is tied up in the current energy non-independence things.