Electrical black outs, not passing out at the wheel
ELECTRIC cars plugged into suburban homes would create a risk of causing blackouts by increasing peak demand, the State Government predicts.
The State Government and advocates of the vehicles want owners encouraged to charge the batteries at off-peak times to cause less stress on the system.
Minister for Energy Tom Koutsantonis said the issue needed to be managed like any burden on the electricity grid, such as the uptake of airconditioners.
"Electric cars are a fantastic way to reduce carbon emissions but we need to make sure we manage the way people recharge them," he said.
"We don't want the entire state to plug their cars in at times of peak demand, we want to manage this so that they are plugged in when demand is low."
The Federal Government is currently investigating how an influx of vehicles - predicted to be 20 per cent of all car sales by 2020 and 44 per cent by 2030 - will impact on the electricity grid.
In a written submission to an Australian Energy Market Commission enquiry, the state Department of Manufacturing has warned: "Increased load caused by the charging of electric vehicles could potentially exacerbate peak demand issues currently experienced in South Australia during summer months".