There’s a warning that a switch to ultra-low emission vehicles in Britain could lead to a huge strain on the country’s power network.
Analysis seen by The Times says that the technology could place a massive strain on the power network because of the additional resources needed to recharge batteries.
The newspaper quotes figures produced by Transport for London which suggest that switching to an all-electric vehicle fleet in the capital would demand five times the amount of power needed to run the entire London Underground network, which “has implications for London’s energy supply system”.
At the maximum level of uptake in the city green cars would demand between seven and eight gigawatt-hours per year.
Experts said this was equivalent to the output of more than two nuclear power stations similar to that being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Extrapolated nationally, it would require the equivalent of 20 new nuclear power stations nationwide.