Ten facts that everyone should know about electric vehicles – and more!

These are inconvenient facts for those who live in states like California – ones who plan to eliminate new gasoline-powered vehicles by the year 2035. I found these facts on the website Power The Future:1.EVs are powered by fossil fuels. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), fossil fuel-based power plants—coal, oil, or natural gas—create about 60 percent of the nation’s electrical grid, while nuclear power accounts for nearly 20 percent.

2. The batteries of EVs rely on cobalt. An estimated 70 percent of the global supply of cobalt emanates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country with deplorable working conditions, especially for children.

3. A study released earlier this year by an environmental group showed nearly 1/3 of San Francisco’s electric charging stations were non-functioning. The population of San Francisco represents roughly two percent of California.

4. Supporters of the California law admit there will be a 40 percent increase in demand for electricity, adding further strain to the grid and requiring increased costs for power and infrastructure.

5. According to one researcher, the strain of adding an EV is similar to adding “1 or 2 air conditioners”  to your home, except an EV requires power year-round.

6. Today, 20 million American families, or 1 in 6 have fallen behind on their electric bills, the highest amount ever.

7. Utility companies will need to add $5,800 in upgrades for every new EV for the next 8 years in order to compensate for the demand in power. All customers will shoulder this cost.

8. The average price for an electric vehicle is currently $66,000, up more than 13 percent in just the last year, costing an average of more than the average combustible engine. Meanwhile, the median household income is $67,521. The average for African American families is $45,870, and Hispanic households are $55,321.

9. A 2022 study found that the majority of EV charging occurs at home, leaving those who live in multi-family dwellings (apartments) at a real disadvantage for charging.

10. The same study also noted that many charge their EVs overnight when solar power is less available on the grid.

If you still want to purchase an electric vehicle, you will also probably want to install a home charging station. From Realtor.com:

Electric Car Charger Installation in Your Home: True Costs—and What You Need to Know

For a Level 1 charger, the cost of the station will be $300 to $600, with parts and labor costing $1,000 to $1,700, according to HomeAdvisor. A Level 2 charger will cost a bit more: The station will cost roughly $500 to $700, and the parts and labor will likely cost $1,200 to $2,000. The installation process could cost more if your main point of charging will require major electrical upgrades.

Below are some hidden costs that may come up when installing a charging station:

Garage alterations
Wi-Fi capabilities
A new electrical panel
Pedestal Kit

Another cost to consider is permitting: Certain states require homeowners to get a permit when installing charging stations. In some places, you can get a $50 over-the-counter permit, while others will require as much as $200 and plans drawn by an engineer. Investigate the local rules on installing a charging station and permitting before you sign on the dotted line at the dealership.

Level 1: This is the most simple level of charging station you can have at your home. It is the cheapest unit. On average, it is quite slow, adding between 3 and 5 miles of range per hour. and needs 120V to be powered.

Level 1 is the standard unit seen for residential use as it can be plugged into a standard outlet. This is a good option for EV car owners who do not travel far for work.

Level 2: This is the middle-level unit of EV charging station available. Level 2 can be used for both residential and commercial use, though it will need more electricity to power. Level 2 charging can replenish between 12 and 80 miles of range per hour. Typically this level needs around 240V to be powered.

On average, it takes around 8-12 hours to fully charge your EV.

Level 3: This type of unit is seen really only for commercial use, as it takes much more power to run. When using a level 3 EV charging unit you can get almost a full charge in just 30 minutes. It needs over 480V to charge. Though a level 3 EV unit is not residential, it will cost anywhere from $12,000-$35,000.

If you are interested in how much your electricity cost to charge your vehicle would be, here is an article from Edmunds. It is not simple nor straightforward. And considering that electricity costs seem to be rising because of rising fuel costs, there is no guarantee that it will remain as inexpensive as it is today.

Guess who is laughing and delighted as America heads into the EV future, because they control much of the equipment, materials, and technology necessary for batteries, giving them even more control over the U.S. economy?

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4 Responses to Ten facts that everyone should know about electric vehicles – and more!

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Wow. It costs even more than I imagined!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Pa Hermit says:

    Just how are they gonna accommodate us boomers at retirement time? Gonna force us to go EV? This is pipe dream material!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Stella says:

      Fortunately most of us don’t live in California. I live in Michigan, and I doubt we will ever see legislation like this.

      To date, at least 13 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington—plus the District of Columbia have adopted California’s low-emission vehicle (LEV) and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards requiring manufacturers to sell a certain number of ZEVs per year. Virginia enacted legislation in March 2021 to adopt California’s ZEV and LEV program and standards. Washington, which had previously been a LEV-only state, enacted legislation in 2020 directing state regulators to adopt the ZEV standards; the rulemaking process began in June 2021. Other states like Minnesota, New Mexico, and Nevada are also working through the regulatory process and may soon adopt California’s standards as well.

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  3. Stella says:

    Charging electric vehicles in Britain soon will be more expensive than filling up gasoline-powered cars thanks to soaring electricity costs — an economic switcheroo that could be a harbinger of shrinking financial benefits for Americans who go green.

    British energy regulators told electricity consumers to expect to pay 80% more beginning Oct. 1. The national price cap on residential electricity will send the average bill from about $190 per month to an estimated $343 per month, or more than $4,000 per year.

    The shocking price hike stems from the nation’s limited reserves and Russia’s cutoff of one of the region’s major sources of electricity generation: natural gas. British energy prices eclipsed those of many other Europeans because the nation lacks domestic energy storage and production of natural gas, nuclear and renewables, making it more reliant on imports.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/aug/31/electric-shock-spike-uk-energy-prices-push-cost-ru/

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