gruntguru wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:52 am
Greg Locock wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:48 pm
As it happens I just worked out that the road from Melbourne to Sydney will need 350 MW of solar panels to power the cars that drive there, on average (double that in winter), about 1.4 million standard rooftop panels.
That's for one road.
Plus batteries, about 7 of the world's biggest as installed in South Australia, or 11 as it was originally constructed.
Scary how much petrol and diesel fuel must be consumed travelling that one road.
But it's another outlier example - how many people drive that road from end to end each day? How many people really do drive c.900km in a day, even in a big country like Australia? Sticking to the speed limits in Victoria and NSW, you'd take c.8 hours to drive the route assuming no stops along the way. So I'm going to stick my neck out and say not many people do it.
The average fuel use per day in Victoria and NSW is 5L and 4.8L (https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/car-ins ... ralia.html
). Yes, averages are a blunt tool but it suggests that many aren't doing huge distances each day or even each week. The reality for many in those two territories is driving in and around the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, etc., doing a few tens of km per day - just like the majority of urban populations the world over. And those are the sort of uses that EVs are excellent for.
If you are more fortunate than others, build a larger table not a taller fence.