Tell your prophets to pray and tell your bandits to run.
Don't those things have a maxi brake for when the air goes.
All good suggestions, all it requires is changing the way society operates. Minimum wage workers in big cities have to commute because the prices are too high near work. Living closer together is good in urban areas, if they make the building codes to ensure that, and end the ever expanding suburbs. There will still be those who travel 2 hours to go go work regardless, and there are still rural and remote communities to contend with. People still need the raw resources that come from smaller towns.1) Live closer together.
2) Use public transit.
3) Be more accepting of small nuclear stations.
4) Drive less.
6) Don't all use available power at once.
We behave as if having 4 cars in the driveway of a 5-bedroom home miles away from anything is how it has always been. It hasn't. Changes to society and technology have nudged us to live in different ways which are not entirely sustainable, and certainly not without penalty. Time to change again.
As wonderful as hydro-electric power, wind and solar are, there is always the challenge of delivering the power they can provide, and the huge and costly infrastructure required to get that power from where it is generated to where it is used. That was a problem even without the advent of electric vehicles. That's why I say #3 above.
Not that any single one is great cause for concern or blame, but the number of "power vampires" (things that sit consuming power, 24/7, even if at a low rate) just keep mushrooming. How many things do you own/use that spend long periods consuming power, even though not in use? When you go out of town, what happens to your microwave, PVR, TV, desktop computer, or anything else that can be powered on with a remote? Do you unplug them, or just leave them? Do yo consider a dark screen as not using power? Again, none of that would be enough to power a car, but across the population they add up. We hear whining about the inconvenience of daylight savings time, but what would be the impact on the grid of eliminating it?
60 amp services are few and far between these days as most insurance companies require a 100 amp service minimum for new clients. And quite honestly if you're still running 60 amp it's a good idea to upgrade anyway.Also in a lot of small towns or older cities like mine (Hamilton) only have 60 to 100 amp service. (I've turned down buying a few nice homes that only had 60 amps!) I'm not sure how many amps are required for charging, 110vs 220 but almost everone in Hamilton would have to upgrade their fuse boxes to at least 200 amps. Or install a sub box for that 30-50 amps required to charge. That adds what?- another 4k at today's rates to the price of the car. ? Keep in mind if you call a contractor and ask to have your box upgraded they have to make sure it fits NEW code, so GFI's everywhere. I may even be under estimating that cost.