Can't make it up: California asks residents to stop charging electric cars on strained grid the week after passing a law to ban gas-powered cars
· Aug 31, 2022 ·

Just days after passing a ban on all new gas vehicles starting in 2035, California has had to ask their Tesla and other electric vehicle owners to stop plugging their cars in because they can't spare the electricity.

But don't worry, they'll be totally ready for 100% EVs in like 13 years.

From The Daily Wire:

Days ago, officials in California unveiled a plan to phase out new gas-powered cars. Now, officials are asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the power grid.

The western United States is facing a likely "prolonged and record heat wave" that could lead to temperatures as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. As a result, the California Independent System Operator is seeking to bring all available resources online to handle higher electricity demand and expects to issue "voluntary energy conservation" notices over the Labor Day weekend.

"The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights," according to the American Public Power Association. During a "Flex Alert," residents are encouraged to reduce energy consumption from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm — the hours in which "demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available."

"Gas-powered vehicles are killing the planet so you have to buy a Tesla! Also, we can't produce enough electricity in California so you really don't need to charge your Tesla. Have you thought about riding a bike?"

These are our "leaders" in the country in terms of green energy.

And they can't keep their Chevy Bolt charged without rolling blackouts and your household thermostat set to a balmy 78°.

The warnings of low grid capacity come days after the California Air Resources Board issued new rules requiring 35% of new vehicles to produce zero emissions by 2026 — a standard that will rise to a 68% benchmark by 2030 and a 100% level by 2035. Yet experts have warned that the state's electric grid will require significant upgrades to manage a rapid transition away from internal combustion vehicles.

"Today, most people charge their electric cars when they come home in the evening — when electricity demand is typically at its peak," according to researchers at Cornell University's College of Engineering. "If left unmanaged, the power demanded from many electric vehicles charging simultaneously in the evening will amplify existing peak loads, potentially outstripping the grid's current capacity to meet demand."

Teslas are awesome, and electric cars are pretty cool. But these mandates and forcing whole states to switch to electric when the infrastructure doesn't support it shows exactly the problem with all of the Democrats' grand plans.

This is just a small taste of the spectacular failures to come.

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