HERE comes another volt from the blue for motorists who’ll eventually be forced to switch to electric cars . . . chargers fitted in homes will automatically be turned off for nine hours a day.
If you thought that in Boris Johnson’s promised Net Zero Nirvana you’d be able to plug in your Tesla or Ioniq whenever you wanted, forget it. From next May, domestic chargers and those in workplaces will be set not to function from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 10pm, when power is in peak demand, to prevent pressure on the National Grid causing general blackouts.
Public chargers and rapid chargers on motorways and A-roads will be exempt (if you have enough juice left to reach one from home, that is). We are told that owners of home chargers will be able to override the preset cut-off times to take account of night workers and those with different schedules. Good luck with making that foolproof!
It means electricity is in effect going to be time-rationed for private transport. Where will it end? You can’t have breakfast in the morning because it will cause a shortage of cornflakes? Don’t use the toilet or have a shower because it will cause a water shortage? Don’t ask to see a doctor in case he gets too many patients? (Sorry, that’s absurd – it could never happen).
Another thing. If you force millions of drivers to use off-peak electricity, won’t off-peak become the new peak? There’s only 24 hours in a day, so it’s going to get complicated.
If Johnson is so confident about all those turbines and solar panels giving us sufficient supplies in his forthcoming Saudi Arabia of Wind Power (formerly known as the United Kingdom), why is he incorporating this failsafe switch?
It’s just another brick in the wall of his insane plan to reverse centuries of progress that has for the most part kept us safe, healthy and prosperous, merely to get him some bragging rights in the international ‘climate change’ clique. Once again, we are seeing the Net Zero future – and it doesn’t work.