Robert Granström: Sweden is waiting vigorously! Chronicles

“We export a fifth of our electricity production – worth five billion. So älla please the state! Build public charging stations, so people start buying electric cars and also make sure that everyone, from now on, gets support to set up smart charging boxes in the home, so you can supply power from the car’s battery to the mains. “

This is a chronicle that was first published in the magazine Recharge # 5/2021. This means that the content is the writer’s own opinion.


So you were released again. The same day that FHM eased the restrictions, I gave a live lecture in Haparanda. Lessons about electric cars from the project “Equally good with CELLER-i”. Always exciting to visit Haparanda-Tornio, where the river divides the city into two countries and where my mother has her roots. Above all, a perfect place if you want to look into the future.

But before we start talking about the future, a short rehearsal. We already know that electric cars in rural areas are more profitable and provide greater environmental benefits per produced battery than electric cars that run in our big cities. At the same time, there are in principle no public fast chargers in the interior of northern Sweden, except for Tesla then …

And if you can not charge the car, the time you intend to go up to the mountain world, you may not buy an electric car… And if there are few who buy an electric car, the power sector does not set up chargers either. For the market does not like distance and sparsity… And then you do not buy electric cars… Yes you get it.

The power sector simply has little problem by starting to take market shares of the oil companies. The explanation can largely be found in the fact that we as a society, more recently, have created a fragmented structure in the power sector. A structure that no single player can control. The oil companies are the winners and the climate is the big loser.

The future yes! What happens now when the heavy side also has to run on electricity? The Finns want a nuclear power plant opposite Skellefteå. I pondered it when I rolled home from Happis. Quick stop at Tesla’s charging station in Töre (Älvsbyn-Happis-Älvsbyn = 400 km). Not a cone that charged there in my 10-15 minutes! But soon you will be crowded with all sorts of car brands now that Tesla is opening its charging network. What misery!

Or do we Tesla owners need to be so worried? That access to public charging triggers the purchase of an electric car is one thing. That you really charge at public chargers is another. You charge at home!

There will probably be queues at certain times of the year, but if we gain momentum in the sale of electric cars, market forces will probably wake up and then we will have this with the pandemic. In a short time, it has made us aware that it is possible to change much more than we think.

For my own part, I have reduced car travel in the service by 75 percent. From August last year to this year, I had driven just over 600 km. And even though this does not apply to everyone and that I will certainly increase my travel (a little at least), things are happening in two places now. We consume less oil, at the same time as we produce more and more electricity, mainly thanks to wind power.

If you compare Swedish electricity consumption in 2020 (134 TWh) with the Swedish net export of electricity (25 TWh), the export figure corresponds to almost 1/5 of consumption. The average price in 2020 at Nordpool was 22 öre / kWh = 5 billion to the trade balance.

But then we have the oil imports, which means that Sweden, in 2020, went backwards in the energy area by about 40 billion. On the other hand, we went back 60 billion in 2018 and the difference of 20 billion is still a decent penny that could have been released for various private and public investments here in Sweden. And you-know… here I have such a damn good tip for mother Svea:

1 kWh with an electric car saves 4 kWh of oil imports. Imagine if we could direct half of the 20 billion above to buy a quarterly production of batteries from Northvolt’s factory in Skellefteå. In 2022, the price for 1 kWh battery is estimated to be below SEK 1,000 = you get 10 GWh batteries for around SEK 10 billion.

With that amount of batteries, you can, for eight hours, output power at a level equivalent to a Finnish nuclear power plant, and then charge it for 16 hours. Well… “many battery cells will be re-“. But the nuclear power plant that the Finns want to build opposite Northvolt has now, according to information this spring, become more expensive by just ten billion. Before it’s even built! (Now estimated to cost EUR 7-7.5 billion).

At the same time, Envision energy makes the assessment that the price for 1 kWh battery is down to SEK 500 in 2025. When new kilowatt hours with solar and wind power also become much cheaper to build than with nuclear power, it feels quite likely that it will end up building a battery factory instead. a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki.

But back to the future … And the idea of ​​trying to reduce the need for oil. If it is the case that public fast chargers do not carry, but Svea rike can improve its net exports by 20 billion or more, if we exchange oil for electricity. Think like this then:

In 2030, Power Circle estimates that we have 2.5 million rechargeable cars. If we let 13 percent of these cars discharge (with 1-phase 16A = 3.7 kW) and support the electricity grid for a few hours on a freezing cold February day, this also corresponds to the effect in the Finnish nuclear power plant. You know… what does not get rid of but becomes a battery factory.

We do not really need to buy stationary batteries for ten billion. People will still buy these batteries to be able to drive a car. And best of all: the people south of Folkungagatan, will love us car owners, we who sacrifice ourselves and buy a car “for the greater good”!

So… please the state! Build public charging stations, so people start buying electric cars and also make sure that everyone, from now on, gets support for setting up smart charging boxes in the home, so you can supply power from the car’s battery to the mains. Such cars are already on the market. Then recoup that investment on a “charge-infra-amortization”, a “charge-box-tax”, a “now-do-we-have-reached-bond”, directed at the Energy Companies.

It is still there that the profits come when the oil industry then loses its market share. But we shall in Swedish manner wait for the situation a little first…? Finland will drive away from us!

Finally. Adheres to my position. I would much rather “share” my car battery with a power company than car pool with anyone at the moment (with viruses, fleas or perfume). I can definitely imagine letting the power company have priority for the car’s battery ten days a year and drive in teams or ride with a friend if needed these days. If I get reimbursed for this, it’s a bonus.

Here I stop writing and hope that one of you who reads can figure out how we design this with “power-pooling compensation”! Feel free to do as I did and go to Haparanda and look into the future …

Very simple – they are a whole hour ahead of Tornio.

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