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Posted by harry on September 23, 2009, 6:29 pm
 



It's cheap compared to what it will be!

Posted by harry on August 8, 2009, 6:24 pm
 
wrote:

car:http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/aug/02/nissan-unveils-electri ...

Peak  time is exactly when people get home from work. Turn on the
microwave, the TV, the coffee percolator, the lights, the heating --
plus now plug in the car...No way. In the UK there might be ten
million cars. All drawing 4-5Kw?
The "valley time" is after midnight when people go to bed. There would
be the only chance.
I used to work for the electricity board (power company) and I can
tell you the system would never stand it.
A solar panel would be fine for me as I'm retired & never dream of
travelling at peak traffic times. I only use my car a couple of times
a week.

Posted by vaughn on August 8, 2009, 6:45 pm
 

   Yes, but there is no reason to start charging just then.  It is a small
matter to put a timer on a charger, or even a controller so the power
company can turn it on.  You can be sure that if we ever get sufficient
electric cars on the grid to cause a problem, we will all get time-sensitive
power pricing.


   Agreed, that that is also a pretty convenient time for most of us.


Again, you are confusing power costs with transportation costs.  If solar
power were cheaper than grid power, we would all have solar systems now,
electric car or not!

Vaughn.



Posted by harry on August 9, 2009, 6:58 pm
 wrote:

I would only need a small panel as for most of the time I only use the
car once or twice a week, (20 miles or so) it could be on charge for
the rest of the time.
I did look into all the cost of a PV panel to cover my entire roof
which is ideally orientated.   At that time it would have cost 17000
& there was a 50% gov grant.  Even so it would have taken 25 years to
pay back at the present day elect. prices.  Who knows where elect.
prices will be in a few years though it can only be up.  It was hard
to work out how much electricty I could export & how much I would use
from the panel & how much I would have to import.
Also there is big debate here (UK) on forcing the power companies to
pay a premium rate for "green electricity" they bought in.  So I don't
know how much I'd get. (Peanuts at the moment.)

Posted by Robert Copcutt on September 11, 2009, 6:15 pm
 

harry wrote:


I have heard that the talk is of setting it at 36p per kWh. At that
level and at the rate PV prices are dropping it will not be long before
it becomes a money saving investment to buy PV, even without a grant.

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http://www.copcutt.me.uk/

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