ELECTRIFICATION FOR THE UK------DISASTER IN WAITING
Terri Jackson Bsc(hons physics) Msc MPhil(econ) MInstP
original founder energy and climate group at Institute of Physics
with contributions by Philip Foster MA(Natural Sciences).
WATCH THE TESLA ELECTRIC CAR EXPLODE IN FLAMES!
There has been much discussion in the press about the potential for
increasing electrification in the UK with a government date of 2040 for complete
electrification. Motoring organisations including the AA have expressed scepticism and
concern that it would place too much strain on the National Grid. The National Grid
estimates that most electric cars will require a battery capacity of 90 kilowatt hours(kWh) to
make journeys of around 300 miles. The present TESLA battery capacity is rated at 70KWh.
Philip Foster cites as a base calculation Drax power station which uses about 0.31 kilograms
of coal per KWh generated
(www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/f/fuelcomparison.htm). Fast charging is only 50%
efficient so a single charge will require 140KWh of electricity for a single charge, giving about
43 kilograms of coal for one charge(0.31x140). Using a higher capacity battery as suggested
by the National Grid of 90KWh would mean an even higher coal usage of 55.8 kilograms of
coal for a single charge.. A petrol car would require about 20 kilograms of petrol for the same
distance. So an electric car will release double the amount of CO2 of that of a petrol car. Also
the loss to the treasury of ending petrol car use is estimated to be £28 billion! (Edmund King
President AA. Times Report 28 October 2017)
Tesla car bursts into flames in test drive in France! Watch it on youtube!
( (see also www.notrickszone.com German web site. Pierre Gosselin)