Submitted by dubaty on Tue, 2010-11-30 21:24
A recent AP article hit the papers a couple of days ago claiming that "Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house." The article reports that utility companies are planning upgrades of transformers and other equipment to prepare for this huge power demand. Of course, they only discuss the "mass-market" cars that are coming out and specifically focus on the Leaf and Volt, but they also refer to Toyota later in the article and make no distinction between the power demand of the current electric cars and those due out in 2012 (no mention of Tesla at all). How factual are these claims and do they apply to the Tesla vehicles? I remember something about the draw being like plugging in a laptop. If this article does not apply to Tesla it would be nice if Tesla could publish a rebuttal. Can anybody insert some facts here?