100823 Tesla Semis Will Need More Electricity Than A Small Town To Charge

Tesla Semis Will Need More Electricity Than A Small Town To Charge



“It’s not like plugging in a toaster. If you put 50 trucks somewhere, that is basically equivalent to a factory,” said Dave Mullaney, who leads the analysis of electric trucking at the RMI energy research institute.

“Utilities know how to build factories, but it’s the process and sequencing required that’s scary to me. Utilities need to be starting half a decade ahead of the trucks in order to not be bottlenecking the transition to electric trucks,” he continued.

In its findings, National Grid studied the fueling behaviors of 71 highway gas stops across highway corridors in both New York and Massachusetts. Those behaviors were then applied to its projections for EV adoption to get a rough idea of what peak electrical demand will look like.

Some brands are working to assuage this, building EVs that can feed power back into the grid. Cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will charge off-peak hours and sell energy back to the grid, curbing demand and creating a small revenue stream for its owners.

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