By Ophelia Garrett
California has asked its residents to continue their ban on charging their electric vehicles. The state cited that there’s not enough power in their grid, thanks to years of restrictions from Environmentalists and the green movement.
Days after announcing that California would be phasing out all new gas powered vehicles, the state announced a ban on charging electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the ever failing power grid.
“The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights,” according to the American Public Power Association.
This request to not charge electric vehicles came days after the California Air Resources Board issued new rules requiring 35% of new vehicles to produce zero emissions by 2026 — a standard that will rise to a 68% benchmark by 2030 and a 100% level by 2035.
According to data from Department of Energy, charging an electric vehicle requires twice as much energy as a refrigerator each year. Researchers from Cornell University’s College of Engineering have warned that a rushed transition to electric vehicles will overwhelm the nation’s grids barring robust upgrades, according to the Daily Wire.
“During that time, consumers are urged to conserve power by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, avoiding use of major appliances and turning off unnecessary lights.” — California Independent System Operator