How Electric Vehicles Will Affect Future Energy Needs

March 11, 2019

 

As a leader in the Los Angeles solar industry, Plug It In Solar is interested in the future of power consumption. As populations continue to grow and more power is consumed, it becomes imperative to invest in clean, renewable energy sources to keep up with demand. One of the more interesting energy topics that is being talked about nowadays is how the proliferation of electric vehicles will affect energy demand.


Electric vehicles and power consumption


The number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road is expected to increase from 3 million in 2017 to 125 million in 2030. These vehicles will need to be recharged daily with electricity. This is estimated to raise electricity usage of EVs by over 22,000% by 2040! While that sounds like an enormous increase (and it is), the actual net increase in total energy consumption is expected to be 5%. Such a rise in total energy consumption is not inconsequential, but it shouldn’t be used as a scare tactic to stunt the growth of EVs in the marketplace. In fact, some states such as Texas should be able to handle the hypothetical energy load if all vehicles were replaced with EVs, only using their current infrastructure.


While many states’ electrical grids would need to be supplemented in the transition to EVs, we believe that alternative energy sources such as solar power are more than up to the task. In California, residential solar panels will come standard on new houses, and the adoption will continue to rise for current homeowners. This alone will help offset the need for more electricity usage. Solar capacity is expected to go from 33GW today to over 315GW by 2050, an increase of over 850%!

 

The future of energy consumption is not bleak when you take into account that green energy sources are set to become so much more important in the future. After all, energy consumption is only a problem when the energy source is a dangerous, polluting one.


If you own or are considering an electric vehicle, do your part to offset your energy consumption by installing a solar panel system. As one of the best solar companies in California, we can guide you through every step of the process and ensure you get a system that works for you. Solar technology will reduce your utility bills and help the environment. Call us today at (818) 670-7769 to set up a consultation.

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