Tesla Model S: Electric cars and extreme heat waves don’t mix

In California, Tesla is warning customers that it’s best not to charge their cars at certain times due to heat waves and local energy limitations. A problem which could come to multiply. Today we are going to introduce the new Tesla Model S.

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The heat wave is breaking records across the world and pushing the 50 ° C mark in some parts of the world. In some European countries, the first half of August was the second hottest on record, but it is nothing compared to the extreme temperatures one can experience in Baghdad, Basra, Dubai or Death Valley, in the USA. The latter location would have recently recorded the highest temperature peak ever reliably recorded by humans with 54.4 ° C.

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Trying To Make The Situation Live …

While the hottest spot is in Furnace Creek, all of California is obviously affected by very high temperatures and locals try to cope as best they can, often with the help of air conditioners. However, these devices consume particularly, overloading the electrical network.

In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom therefore called on Californians to restrict their use of household appliances, among other things, between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. so that the state can meet the high energy demand.

Tesla Takes Part In The Effort :

For its part, Tesla Model S has sent a message to its vehicles asking drivers to reduce the charge of their electric car “if possible” between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., whether on Superchargers or at home.

In addition, the message also warns that the public services cut the power in certain sectors in part to prevent possible forest fires, which could thus affect certain Superchargers.

The message displayed on the screens of Tesla in California // Source: unequal_equilibrium on Reddit

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Is It Possible In Europe?

In Europe, the temperatures is not yet at the extreme known in California, but the record was recorded in 2019 with 46 ° C to 51 ° C. Although ADEME recalls that air conditioning rejects refrigerants with a strong heating power, it seems difficult to imagine doing without them during such heat peaks.

As it stands, this seems rather unlikely, the network, and more broadly the European network, having very many interconnections and a large and stable supply, in particular thanks to the reliability of nuclear power plants. However, if consumption were to skyrocket with the proliferation of electric vehicles (the Tesla Model 3 has become the best-selling sedan in France), high temperatures could also become a problem.

This summer, Reactor 2 at the Golfech plant was shut down on July 31 and August 12 due to the heat wave. For its part, the RTE electricity network manager specified in 2017 that unscheduled power plant shutdowns or unusual weather conditions and that exceptional restriction measures were not to be ruled out for ensure the supply of households – thus referring to the heating of the French in winter. This mainly concerned the largest industrial consumers.

Under these conditions, Tesla’s Powerwalls or Renault’s Powervault, storing solar energy in old batteries to power homes, could make sense.

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