MR study: ‘Belgium lacks 7.850 MW to fast charge 10% of car fleet’
A study by Brussels ULB/VUB university professor, Samuel Furfari, published by the political party MR of prime minister Michel, points out the enormous lack of electricity to charge a fleet of electric cars in the near future.
A fast charge of 10% (580.000) of the nation’s car fleet would exceed the country’s electricity production by 7.850 MW. Today Belgium produces a total of 21.150 MW, while 29.000 MW would be required.
The party puts a cat among the pigeons by joining professor Samuel Furfari in his statement that the “electric car won’t be the saviour of our mobility”.”The professor’s statement is in line with the values advocated by the MR in terms of mobility”, declared the spokesperson, reminding that those ideas don’t emanate directly from the party.
Lack of electricity
In his study – published by the MR’s Jean Gol Centre – UBL/VUB professor Samuel Furfari explains that “what limits the development of electric vehicles is the lack of electricity”. He explains that if nothing is done to increase the production capacity, the EV will unfortunately remain a niche.
That problem increases when all cars need a fast charge. Furfari takes the hypothetical example that 10% of Belgium’s fleet of cars would be electric in the near future. If those 580.000 cars charge normally (or on a slow charge) they will need 2.900 MW of power.
However, if they all use the fast charging method, that power need jumps to 29.000 MW. “Yet, Belgium’s power capacity is currently 21.150 MW”, points out the Professor, “if we want an important fleet of EVs, we’ll need to invest in nuclear or natural gas power plants now.”
Increasing fuel prices
Not only does the professor stresses the need of electricity required by electric cars, he also opposes the common idea among politicians that internal combustion engines are the new threat. “We can agree that today’s cars, including diesels, are much cleaner than those from the past and other developments are on the way”, adds Samuel Furfari.
The professor takes the opportunity to lash out on the fuel tax. “Increasing the price of fuel won’t help reducing CO2 emissions. Mobility is very inelastic. We drive because it’s a necessity to go to work.”
“The increasing price therefore will only have a second level impact”, Furfari explains, pointing at the uprising of the yellow jackets in France and the French speaking part of Belgium.
Natural gas a solution?
Furfari joins his colleagues at the Liège University in breaking a lance for the development of natural gas as a preferred fuel for mobility. “Despite the total indifference of the European Union’s political world, natural gas transport is developing.”
“This fuel is abundant, free of geopolitical considerations and will be the 21st century’s energy surprise”, ends Samuel Furfari.