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May 21 - Tesla Asking Owners to Limit Charging During Texas Heatwave Isn’t a Good Sign



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May 21 - Tesla Asking Owners to Limit Charging During Texas Heatwave Isn’t a Good Sign
 

 
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Texas' power grid doesn't exactly have the best of reputations, especially during inclement weather. Whether it's a snowstorm or an extreme heatwave, the Lone Star State's isolated power infrastructure seems to have a bit of an issue staying afloat when demand for power increases. And now, charging electric cars certainly isn't helping.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced last week that six of its power generation facilities went offline following a high demand for power amid a heatwave. During the outage, the six stations would have produced enough electricity to power more than half a million homes. Electric automaker Tesla, which is now headquartered in the state, followed up by asking owners of its vehicles to avoid charging their cars during peak hours in order to help prevent a further increase in demand for electricity.


"A heatwave is expected to impact the grid in Texas over the next few days," reads a photo of a message pushed to Tesla vehicles in Texas posted to Reddit last week. "The grid operator recommends avoiding charging during peak hours between 3 pm and 8 pm, if possible, to help statewide efforts manage demand."

The National Weather Service says that the average temperature in the Dallas area for the month of May is around 73 degrees. During the recent heatwave, average temperatures rose above 83 and spiked as high as 94 degrees. A week later, however, things aren't cooling down much. In fact, that goes for nearly half of the country as summer-like weather is expected to blanket the southeastern U.S. with temperatures above 90 degrees this weekend.

For EV owners in Texas, conserving electricity doesn't just mean charging during off-peak hours. It also means adjusting driving habits—perhaps driving less overall or not turning the air conditioning down quite as far. Given that Texas also has the third-highest number of electric cars registered in the entire United States, it's easy to see how reducing the number of EVs charging at one time could reduce the stress on an already taxed grid.

According to research conducted by AAA, EVs can experience up to a 17 percent drop in range with the air conditioning on in 95-degree weather. Tesla has previously disputed this figure, according to The Verge, as have owners. However, there is one clear way to ensure that a vehicle is spending less time plugged in: don't take frequent, short trips that allow the cabin to become hot between drives. Maintaining a set temperature consumes less energy than cooling a sun-heated cabin, so reducing the number of short trips may prevent the need to plug in as frequently during a time when the power infrastructure is in high demand.


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Another possibility to help ease grid issues in the future could be a technology found in some EVs called bidirectional charging. By using the stored energy in an EV's battery pack, a vehicle can deliver power back into the home through the same connector it uses to charge. Presently, Tesla does not offer this capability in its vehicles. This could be immensely useful during a power outage, or to simply alleviate grid load during peak hours. Once power is restored or off-peak hours are reached, the vehicle can then resume charging. States like California have even launched pilot programs to pay owners to use vehicle-to-grid charging capabilities in order to build resiliency into its own troubled grid—something Texas might also benefit from.

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 1 month ago '06        #2
whammy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6 OP
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 1 month ago '12        #3
TrillSwag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Trash cars. All hype and marketing
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 1 month ago '17        #4
Lazy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Great, ask the public to fix a systemic problem

sh*t has nothing to do with Tesla

Get wheelchair Abbot to roll out and hook Texas’ gird back to the national grid

Also Texas lost
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 1 month ago '05        #5
youngvito18 
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Man i cant WAIT for mire electric cars to hit the market

Tesla needs more competition
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 1 month ago '16        #6
Boogersugar  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x18
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 Lazy said
Great, ask the public to fix a systemic problem

sh*t has nothing to do with Tesla

Get wheelchair Abbot to roll out and hook Texas’ gird back to the national grid

Also Texas lost
He's probably going to get re-elected unless this sh*t gets real bad this summer. The last time our fu*ked up grid k*lled people in the wintertime but it feels like the public at large has already forgotten. I didn't lose power during that outage but I did buy a generator just in case. But that fu*ker was expensive and not everyone can do that. Another outage would k*ll people too, as hot as it is right now, but who knows if Texas voters care
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 1 month ago '17        #7
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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Good ol Texas asking people to be inconvenienced because Texas refuses to fix a problem because of greed. Someone needs to strap an electric motor and battery to Hot Wheels wheel chair and send him flying.


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 1 month ago '04        #8
nwking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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If only TEXAs would connection it self to the rest of the US Grid they would have fewer problems and cheaper rates but utility there is greedy
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 1 month ago '08        #9
GoldBluded  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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 whammy said
that had to be scary as sh*t
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 1 month ago '20        #10
Oldbrooklyn718 
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 youngvito18 said
Man i cant WAIT for mire electric cars to hit the market

Tesla needs more competition
They need a solar powered joint that can do 10,000 miles on a single charge...
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 1 month ago '04        #11
deziking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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this nothing wait till you start seeing lines for charging stationis lol. sh*t gonna be brutal. Imma stick with my hybrid. fu*k all that sh*t waiting to charge your phone im mean your car.
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 1 month ago '11        #12
Ant O 
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 TrillSwag said
Trash cars. All hype and marketing
Wait you can't unlock these sh*ts by hand like any other vehicle???
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 1 month ago '18        #13
BlackjesuS  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Is the repair manual really 3k? Tesla owners
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 1 month ago '18        #14
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 whammy said
Dirty tricks
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 1 month ago '16        #15
Homer Pimpson 
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Elon Musk <<<<<
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 1 month ago '20        #16
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Most EV owners park outside

 1 month ago '04        #17
ohhohh 
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He's probably going to get re-elected unless this sh*t gets real bad this summer. The last time our fu*ked up grid k*lled people in the wintertime but it feels like the public at large has already forgotten. I didn't lose power during that outage but I did buy a generator just in case. But that fu*ker was expensive and not everyone can do that. Another outage would k*ll people too, as hot as it is right now, but who knows if Texas voters care
I'm in San Antonio and we actually did lose power at my house and had to stay at a friend's house. But I definitely bought a generator and that hoe was about $1,600. On top of that we had to have a special plug installed on the house. I say all that to say this, the fact that nobody was criminally charged is beyond fu*ked up. fu*k Cruz and Abbott btw.
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 1 month ago '14        #18
Aries  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x15
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 whammy said
Bro, did you read the article you posted? This is a Texas infrastructure problem, not a Tesla problem... Or do you just dislike Tesla?
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 1 month ago '05        #19
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Wait you can't unlock these sh*ts by hand like any other vehicle???
You can... there's a mechanical release
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 1 month ago '06        #20
DASKCREW1 
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I love to see the numbers of how many regular gas cars vs tesla's catch fire
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 1 month ago '21        #21
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 1 month ago '11        #22
Tony Franks  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Aries said
Bro, did you read the article you posted? This is a Texas infrastructure problem, not a Tesla problem... Or do you just dislike Tesla?
we have to get our daily anti Elon thread
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 1 month ago '16        #23
NatBurner 
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What’s crazy is it’s cold as sh*t outside rn gonna be in the 60’s tomorrow
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 1 month ago '19        #24
DripBayless 
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 NatBurner said
What’s crazy is it’s cold as sh*t outside rn gonna be in the 60’s tomorrow
in the evening
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 1 month ago '16        #25
NatBurner 
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 DripBayless said
in the evening
Ik that’s what I’m saying tomorrow the high gonna be 67

Next few days the high gonna be low 70’s


That’s kinda weird for Texas it supposed to be hot as sh*t
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