Electric Cars Coming Faster than we Thought
The age of the electric car is now here thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla. That will mean greater demand for electricity than ever before and more need of new methods of generating power like Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR).
Tesla has installed hundreds of its superchargers; or filling stations for electric cars, throughout the United States and Canada. The chargers are found in almost all the big cities, and some pretty remote locations such as Blanding, Utah, Perry Oklahoma, Sulphur Springs, Texas, Red Deer, Alberta, Sheridan, Wyoming, Ritzville, Washington, and Farmington New Mexico.
The idea behind the chargers is to allow people to drive across the US or Canada in an electric car. Another reason for the chargers is to dispel one of the major objections to electric vehicles; the inability to drive long distances, which is one of the reasons for owning a car in the first place.
Most of the chargers appear to be located at small town motels and fast-food outlets such as McDonalds. Owners install them in hopes that Tesla owners will eat or spend the night while their vehicles charge.
Other attempts to expand the charger network include negotiations with the convenience store operator Sheetz. Sheetz operates several hundred convenience stores on America’s east coast. Tesla already has superchargers at some of the stores of Meijer, a discount retailer in the US Midwest.
Elon Musk’s Grand Strategy
The superchargers are part of Elon Musk’s grand strategy to transform Tesla into an energy company. A key component of this strategy is the gigafactory, the factory designed to churn out enough batteries to contain one gigabyte (one billion) watts of electricity a year. The gigafactory is open for business in Northern Nevada and turning out storage batteries for Tesla Energy.
Another part of the Strategy is Musk’s plan for Tesla to buy the solar power provider Solar City (NASDAQ: SCTY) his other publicly traded company. Solar City is building its own gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, to mass manufacture solar panels.
The grand strategy’s goal is to get people driving electric cars and to use lithium batteries as a primary power source. This might be the top secret Tesla Masterplan Musk has been tweeting about.
So far the plan is apparently working, Volkswagen has plans to put 30 models of electric cars on the road by 2025, and build its own gigafactory in Germany. Ford, the American automaker that invented mass production has plans to spend $4.5 billion on electric car development.
Some governments want to go even farther Norway’s major political parties want to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2025. Several other governments including those India, the Netherlands and Germany are also considering bans on fossil fuel vehicles.
All this brings up the question where will the electricity to power all those cars come from? Current renewable energy technologies like wind and solar cannot charge all those batteries. The question becomes troubling as some large cities like Los Angeles are facing rolling blackouts because present sources of power are not capable of meeting the demand.
Andrea Rossi and company had better get to work on more LENR devices. We are going to need more sources of electricity and fast.