With the Government pushing the UK ever closer to an electric future, can the grid cope? - Fleet Summit
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    By Pulkit Malhotra, WhichEV

    The short answer is yes – but there are some factors at play in that reply.

    The obvious things include the way we light our homes and buildings.

    When we were kids, it was normal to have 60w bulbs around the house and 100w in the kitchen/other areas where more light was needed.

    Then we went through the low energy/halogen phase – and now have 5-10w LEDs that are bright enough to make you squint.

    Similarly, on the roads, the massive sodium street lights of yesterday have been replaced with daylight-bright LED – further reducing load.

    Upshot?

    Compared to the UK’s peak demand in 2005 – we are now down around 20% on that figure.

    PLUS: Most EVs will be charged (most of the time) overnight, when rates are cheaper.

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