Electric car drivers are unlikely to be able to rapidly charge their vehicles at home at the same time as boiling a kettle, National Grid has warned. The operator of Britain’s electricity transmission system has cautioned that using a powerful and fast electric car charger at home will trip a main fuse if vehicle owners simultaneously utilise other “high demand” energy items, such as kettles, ovens and immersion heaters. The warning is contained in a National Grid “thought piece” document which considers some of the potential challenges around Britain’s ambition for a mass rollout of electric vehicles. The government last month announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in Britain from 2040, as ministers strive to comply with commitments to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution. Carmakers are rushing to adopt zero-emission technology, with almost every main manufacturer due to release an electric vehicle capable of driving several hundred miles on a single charge by the end of the decade.
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