February 26th, 2021

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Electric Vehicles

This article raises an interesting vulnerability of electric vehicles, then goes on to talk about something else. Mostly it focuses on whether the grid could handle a huge increase in demand. But what really interests me is the first bit: what happens when the power goes out. Sometimes blackout conditions can last for days, or much longer in a large-scale disaster. Right now, it's pretty straightforward for people to leave if that happens. With electric vehicles, though, a simple blackout would quickly paralyze travel. That seems like a very bad idea. It's an even worse idea if the ban is total and even emergency vehicles are trapped in electric power.

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