oh what a great site. Yes most of it from gas, still, it's progress. Urban is a problem from more or less every point of view, there are too many people basically aren't there, though in principle urban journeys should be nice and short and not need a huge amount of charging.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:16 pmLive data suggests otherwise: http://gridwatch.co.uk/ . Was at 19.7% when I made my earlier post, now at 21.79%. It's a sunny day in the UK, generally, so the solar panels are doing well at the moment, but are at basically the same level as nuclear (13-14% of generation). That's the difference between installed capacity (I'm guessing that's the 37.4% you mentioned) and actual generation. And bear in mind that almost all of that generated electricity is going to the non-transport sectors. If you want to make the UK totally regen-resourced, then you need to be able to replace all of the current generation plus provide a massive amount more for transport. And upgrade the grid.izzy wrote: ↑Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:59 amAccording to https://smarterbusiness.co.uk/uk-renewa ... tage-2018/ the UK is on 37.4% atm
and one of the best things about an EV car is that you can charge it at night or from your own solar panel or wind turbine so it's not using any extra fossil fuel at all
You can charge your car from your own solar panels - if you park at home during the day or have a very large battery stack in your garage to store the energy. Would you get enough in winter to be totally off-grid for recharging the car?
I'd be amazed if a domestic wind turbine would get anywhere near to charging a car for most people in an urban environment, unless it's again going via a large battery stack and you don't need to fully recharge the car every day.
Most people are going to be using grid-sourced energy at some point to charge cars, especially when using charging spaces away from home e.g. municipal car parks.
I'd love to think that the UK could be 100% renewable for all of our needs - not least as it would give total energy security - but it's a pipe dream, sadly.
But we have to see it as progress and relative and not get bogged down being discouraged by not achieving the absolute. If you're looking for a car an EV is getting more an more of an option now, next year there are lots of new ones coming, and a lot of people can have a solar panel or a wind turbine or both, and most days you won't be charging from nothing to full charge it'll be more like 30% to 80%
Plus they are incredible to drive