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Not to worry: true.

But not because of infrastructure. Electricity generation and powerlines MAKE money so will exist. Not to mention that for most people who EVs make sense, there is a huge surplus of dirt cheap off peak power. I pay 7 cents per KWH. About 1/5th what the gas for the Mustang costs me and a massively quicker car to boot. I love them both, but if I had to chose just one, would be a hard choice.

The limiting factor is that personal vehicle EVs are a terrible match for at least 50% of the population. Less than 2/3 of the population are homeowners and that definition includes apartment and condo owners. EVs are a lifestyle downer if you don't own a home where you can install a personal level 2 charger. Without that, you have to babysit your EV at public chargers at 4 times the cost of charging at home while you sleep. And even if you own your own home/garage, many homes do not have panels that will support an extra 240V 60A circuit for a level 2 charger. Many more have panels far from the garage. It can be VERY expensive to add a 240V 48A charger in those homes.
Can you imagine the effect on the local power companies if everyone had to charge their cars, either at home or otherwise? That is infrastructure also...
 

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Can you imagine the effect on the local power companies if everyone had to charge their cars, either at home or otherwise? That is infrastructure also...
Yes, I can. But supply and demand still works. There is plenty of unused capacity right now in most places. But its in the middle of the night. Great for home charging. Terrible if you can't charge at home.

Capacity can be expanded to meet demands. But its not instant. EV owners will bear the brunt, not the rest.

If people insist on day charging beyond existing day capacity, the govt could put massive taxes on public charging or even shut them down during peak load times. And they can make off peak charging even cheaper to discourage charging during peak load times.

Who gets hurts by those measures? The people who own EVs but can't charge at home while they sleep. Instead they will either pay massive amounts for peak load time public charging (if its even available) OR they will use public charging in the middle of the night and sleep in the car while it happens.

Does that mean govt won't screw things up (per usual or worse)? No, but that could be the best case and its EV owners who will suffer.

I would NEVER own an EV if I could not charge at home outside of peak load times.

And people like me are subsidizing everyone else's energy costs by putting money in the utilities coffers they never would have received if we weren't paying for previously wasted capacity.

You're welcome.
 

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The people who own EVs but can't charge at home while they sleep. Instead they will either pay massive amounts for peak load time public charging (if its even available) OR they will use public charging in the middle of the night and sleep in the car while it happens.
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