posted on Jul, 23 2013 @ 11:39 PM
reply to post by C0bzz
What I was thinking of (and failed to pull up the data I worked on some time ago) is what it would take to recharge the battery of such a vehicle in
the same time frame as it takes to refill the gas tank which is well under 1 hour - something like 5 minutes would get the motoring public on board
for such a vehicle being a practical proposition for everyday use.
But even at 71.5kW, how many homes have an electricity service that could support that sort of load?
Our standard household power outlets are rated at 2.4kW (240V single phase 10A) and the largest such outlet (optional) is 15A for 3.6kW so at perfect
100% battery charging efficiency, it would take 71.5/3.6 = 20 hours to fully charge a flat battery with the larger outlet or 30 hours with the smaller
one and a 3 phase 15A outlet could do it in around 7 hours for overnight convenience. What it all comes down to is you'll need to at least rewire
your premises for this. Also, from my time in the energy distribution business, you'll need to apply for permission to connect such a load to the
grid and, depending on the loading & voltage drop profile of your domestic distributor, quite likely you'll be up for a part of the cost of building a
new substation in your immediate neighbourhood as this is a large but very intermittent load and energy revenue alone will not guarantee the authority
will ever recoup the whole cost of it. We used to apply a 'guarantee of revenue agreement' in such cases IE if the cost of the sub is not recovered
in 5 years, the customer is responsible for the difference.
Widespread use of fast charge electric vehicles is simply not possible with current infrastructure and amplifying it to make it possible will have an
extremely unpopular effect on energy prices for everyone, not just drivers.
edit on 23/7/2013 by Pilgrum because: grammatical improvements