…Achilles Heel of Battery-Powered Vehicles, Part 2…
All eyes will turn to restoring electricity to customers after a hurricane.
Before the hurricane strikes, electric utilities will have mobilized their equipment and personnel to be ready to restore power as soon as the storm has passed.
The primary piece of equipment used to restore electric service will be the bucket truck.
But in the future, with net-zero carbon policies, these trucks will all be battery powered.
Battery-Powered Bucket Trucks
There are two types of battery-powered bucket trucks being built today. There is the hybrid truck that uses the battery to operate the boom, while still using a diesel engine to power the truck. This improves working conditions since the diesel can be shut down while the truck is stopped and work is being done on the overhead lines.
This type of hybrid truck won’t be made when all vehicles are to be battery-powered.
The second type of bucket truck is brand new, and is currently being made by Lion Electric of Quebec Canada. Being new, there is little real world operating experience. Consolidated Edison in New York, which is buying these trucks, has said, “The truck should have a range of 130 miles, and can be recharged in 8 hours using Level 2 chargers.”
How will battery-powered bucket trucks perform after a hurricane?
Electricity will be unavailable until the power lines are repaired. It can take several days to restore electricity to everyone in an area affected by a hurricane.
The battery-powered truck will only be able to operate for about eight hours before the batteries will have to be recharged.
At the end of eight hours, electricity will have only been restored to a small fraction of the affected area. So how will the bulk of these trucks be able to recharge their batteries?
Will these bucket trucks become a few thousand pounds of useless equipment stranded in remote locations?
Can we recover from disasters with BEVs?
This is a conundrum about which no one has apparently given much serious thought. Consolidated Edison in New York is buying battery-powered bucket trucks without explaining how they will operate under conditions where electricity isn’t readily available.
If all vehicles are battery powered, will it be possible to recover from disasters such as those caused by hurricanes or large snow storms?
The new book, Net-zero Carbon, The Climate Policy Destroying America, delves into the strategic reasons why relying on battery-powered vehicles may be bad for the United States.
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