February 26th, 2021


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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