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The energy chief of demand-response power utility Toronto Hydro Anthony Haines has warned if ten per cent of households in its service territory within Canada adopted electric vehicles it would crash the electricity grid, according to reports.As the story suggest, this Chicken Little act may only be intended to grease a rate increase. While politics has a role, government is sceptical. Nonetheless, upward pressure on rates is rampant.
The company said electric cars consume around triple the amount of energy that is usually used in the average home, with the extra charging load at peak after-work hours, news service the star.com reported.