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Wednesday, 26 May 2021 10:01

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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...anticipated this demand when everything comes on at the same time. It will be the same scenario, but in reverse.

 

People will come home from work and plug-in all at the same time and it’s going to be a big load. It’s not like turning on a lightbulb---even with the small charges, it’s still going to be a 120V load, 1,400 watts or more. Even if you’re using one of the smaller chargers, turning it on is comparable to 14 100-watt lightbulbs simultaneously.

 

The grid wasn’t set up for this originally, so it will have to change and adapt to handle these larger loads.

 

Will people be forced to charge primarily during the day to accommodate the huge spike in usage?

 

Yes, I think that is what will eventually happen. You want to charge when that power is available, so that’s why the utility companies are pushing from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

If you don’t have solar on your house to supplement your power, you might be in trouble. With many of those tract home developments built in the 1970s, there is not a lot of excess power there. So, that is where you’re going to have to spend the money---in infrastructure.

 

Power management is a better alternative for companies on many levels. To meet their growing needs, they will have to upgrade their service to allow for more charging. But, that’s a large expense.

 

With our system, you can use the power that’s available, and for most companies, they won’t have to change their electrical service and their employees will still get a charge for their vehicle.

 

To avoid people moving their cars, we install what we call "dumb units" that don’t have all of the bells and whistles, but they save time because employees won’t have to move their vehicles. This means that the ROI on these chargers is very fast because they don’t realize how much it can cost them in lost productivity when you have EVs in the picture.

 

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