Soooo, Newsome did the ‘deed’…
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035, a move he said would cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third.
Full article, HERE.
And there’s this… The proposed rule would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people.
Now if you believe that, I’ve got this bridge…
In the late 90s, there was a move afoot, led by Gray Davis, in Cali to ban ANY vehicle older than 5 years old, specifically targeting older non-OBD cars/trucks. That was overcome by SEMA and the car clubs in SOCAL banding together to get enough signatures to get it on the ballot and scare the legislature into backing off on that. This time around, they will make it happen unless there is a similar push from the local folks.
Now, let’s look at the power issue..
HERE is a good link on charging an electric car.
Depending on how old your house is, you may have one of the following:
- 30 Ampere. 30 ampere service has become quite a rarity, as this was mostly early homes. A 30 ampere service would only be of 120 volt capability. Those rare cases where 30 ampere service is found would be small older homes that have been lived in by the same family or person for a period of generations, and the need for modernization or upgrade has not presented itself. This service is considered inadequate for modern living.
- 60 Ampere. This is typically the lowest capacity for a 120/240 volt service. This capacity is considered to be marginal at best for modern living. Quite often, 60 ampere service also includes the presence of an old fuse panel, as opposed to the more modern circuit breaker panel.
- 100 Ampere. A large number of existing average size homes have 100 ampere capacity electric services. Average size homes with gas or oil heating systems and hot water systems generally do not need electric service of greater than 100 amperes capacity. Of course, this can also depend on the electrical usage of the occupants, and the use of other electrical appliances.
- 150 Amperes. Common practice is such that this has become the typical minimum that might be installed in modern construction for a single family home.
- 200 Amperes. This is becoming the norm for modern single family residential construction. In many instances it is not a necessity, but it is installed with new construction.
So, you have a 100 amp capacity, and you have two electric vehicles. That means 2 more 30 or 40 amp dedicated circuits. What do you give up? Fridge? AC at night? Or do you pay $1-3000 to upgrade your service, plus the cost of a charger or chargers?
And all your neighbors are doing the same thing…
How long will it take to get to the head of the line? And what are PG&E, SMUD, and the other power suppliers going to do? They can’t provide needed power now, much less for 18 MILLION electric cars and trucks (current estimate of vehicles in California).
Oh, and one other thing… Newsome will be long gone, as will most if not all of the legislature when this goes into effect…