A heat wave in California has impacted electric car owners across the region, with operators of the state’s power grid asking residents with electric vehicles to change the way they charge their cars.
Rising temperatures caused a statewide electricity crisis, which in turn prompted numerous announcements asking residents to conserve energy when possible.
Owners of electric vehicles were specifically asked to charge their cars before “Flex Alerts” were issued. These alerts would often land at 6:00 p.m. at night, spoiling the traditional routine of electric vehicle owners of leaving cars plugged in overnight.
California is one of the top US states for electric vehicle adoption and legislation. It is expected to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in the state by 2035. It is one of the only states to announce such a ban to date.
As electric vehicle ownership in the state grows, it is already examining the impact of mass ownership on the local power grid, with officials saying the time at which cars are likely to be plugged in by owners en masse is going to be very large.
“By inducing, primarily through tariffs, billing behaviors that capitalize on renewable energy production, we have essentially a victory for the grid, and we have a victory for drivers in terms of reduced tariffs,” Patty Monahan, the senior transportation commissioner at the California Energy Commission, told Newsweek.
“Tariffs are a climate strategy, and California plans to use the tariffs to help stimulate charging behaviors that will help the state electrify transportation while reducing grid carbon emissions and saving money. to taxpayers and drivers. “
California’s proposed 2035 end date for the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles comes with a promise to residents that 1.2 million charging stations will be built by 2030. Currently, the state has less than 100,000 charging stations in operation.
This is not the first time this year that a crisis has prompted American drivers to change their behavior. In May, the east coast and southern United States experienced a fuel shortage due to a criminal ransomware hack of the 8,850-mile colonial pipeline.
Subsequent reports of potential shortages sparked incredible scenes of drivers lining up for hours for fuel as people panicked en masse to buy. Images of people crudely filling buckets and plastic bags with gas have gone viral, as has at least one video of a brawl that broke out at a gas station between two people after one of them allegedly allegedly broke out. cut the line.