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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021 17:01

Will We Have Enough Juice to Get Us to an All-EV World by 2035?

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Chuck Reynolds owns Cyber Switching, Inc., a power management company in Silicon Valley. He said there will be enough electricity out there to power all EVs by 2035, as long as it’s properly managed. Chuck Reynolds owns Cyber Switching, Inc., a power management company in Silicon Valley. He said there will be enough electricity out there to power all EVs by 2035, as long as it’s properly managed.

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You don’t need to be a Californian to know electric vehicles (EVs) are coming whether we like them or not.

In 2035, if you go to a new car dealership and mention gas, they will likely escort you off the lot. Well, maybe it won’t be that bad, but rest assured if you don’t own an electric car by 2035, your neighbors will talk.

 

So, is there going to be enough juice in the box to make California---let alone the rest of the country---all-EV in the next 14 years?

 

Recently, Autobody News interviewed Chuck Reynolds, owner of Cyber Switching, Inc. in San Jose, CA. Cyber Switching’s power management solutions are targeted to small- and medium-sized commercial buildings.

 

As a 40-year veteran of the electricity game, Reynolds was working on EV charging back when it was a novelty rather than the norm. He started his business in 1983 with a handful of electricians who shared his vision of the future, including everyone driving an EV.

 

We’re going to need enough electricity to power an enormous fleet. Do we have it and if not, can we have it by 2035?

 

There shouldn’t be any technical or economic reason why the grid won’t support electrification. There is likely enough generation capacity out there right now, but it’s just not going to the right places.

 

The biggest problem is going to be the infrastructure and getting the power to where it’s needed. A really good example is that in California now existing buildings, like condo developments and other multi-unit dwellings, can’t just say OK---we are going to install charging stations here, but the problem is they have limited power.

 

You can see the future of EV charging through some of your clients, so what have you learned?

 

We installed charging systems in Cisco Systems back in 1996 because...


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