As you read this, I will be half way up a mountain in Portugal driving a Jaguar I-Pace.
I’m recording the journey for Fully Charged, how far will it go, what’s it like to drive, how long does it take to charge. All the usual.
But here’s a thing, the I-Pace has a 90-kilowatt hour battery. That’s enough energy to run the average home in the UK for 3 and a half days.
There is clearly a discussion taking place about where all the electricity will come from to power many hundreds of thousands of similar vehicles in the next couple of years, and potentially millions in the next 5 to 10 years.
In the words of novelist William Gibson, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” Over the course of 2017, this saying has started to reverberate around the world of Energy & Transport. Amidst the incessant gloom of bad news, fake news and inconsequential news, an unstoppable, positive force is accelerating.
That’s the year when the current UK government have stated we will no longer build or sell new cars that burn fossil fuels.
There will I’m sure be loads of fossil burning cars still around, far less than today, maybe 10%, so they’re not trying to ‘ban’ fossil burners, just phasing them out, really slowly.
When the announcement hit the news everyone I’ve ever met, spoken to or heard of that drives an electric car was on the Radio and TV.
Last week I climbed into my Tesla Model S charged with 100% solar power the day before. I know this because I now have a very sophisticated app which came with the home battery system and 5.3 kilowatt peak solar photovoltaic array I’ve just had installed.
The 13.3 kilowatt hour Tesla Powerwall was at 10% when I woke that morning, (it had drained itself into the Nissan Leaf overnight) and was refilled by midday so I used the excess solar output in the afternoon to charge the Tesla.
Australia is a fascinating country. A country of conflicts, opportunity, forward facing, backward facing, progressive and retrograde, charming and alarming.