Will electric cars force Greece to build a nuclear plant?

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The irrationality of governments and the disorderly and impulsive actions made under the pressure of the climate crisis creates an explosive cocktail with the ultimate victims being all of us…

Electric vehicles—mainly passenger cars—are rapidly gaining popularity in European Union countries, where they already account for more than 50% of the cars sold in the northern part of the bloc.

The percentages in the central and southern regions drop to 25% and below 15%, respectively. Greece is leading the way with the subsidy program that has been running for about three years.

Greece has increased the percentage of electric cars sold to almost 17%, proving that the Greeks are ready to buy an electric car with the corresponding financial and tax assistance.

Everything shows that we are well on our way to the long-awaited "green transition", at least in our transportation - and at a fast pace.

Automakers are investing tens of billions each to develop better and more driver-friendly (longer range, etc.) electric vehicles. Dealers are spending on equipment and training to be ready, while energy providers are also investing huge sums to put as many chargers as possible across the road network.

In this chain effort, however, the black sheep is holding everything back: the EU states themselves, which, pushing for all the above, cannot cope with the new developments they impose.

The main concern is the electricity transmission network and how electricity will be produced and, in the required demand, end up in the fast chargers installed by the providers and in the cars that the consumers buy.

In short, enforcing states cannot meet the demands that arise from what they themselves demand…

This is where nuclear energy enters the discussion since traditional RES (solar, wind, etc.) may not be enough to meet this surging demand. Nuclear power, once a controversial issue, is emerging as a compelling solution due to its significant power generation capacity.

Modern nuclear reactors, especially the third generation, have advanced safety features and scalability. These reactors can produce significant fission with minimal fuel, making them a promising option for widespread deployment.

However, the adoption of nuclear energy faces significant challenges, stemming mainly from public sentiment.

Furthermore, the transition to electric vehicles is not the only challenge. Rising global temperatures are leading to increased energy demands for heating and air conditioning, making the need for a robust carbon-free energy solution even more pressing.

Nuclear power is a viable, nearly carbon-free alternative that can provide the required energy without emitting harmful greenhouse gases. However, the problem was and remains that it is a potentially dangerous method, which, despite the huge steps it has taken, still cannot convince people that it is worth the risk.

In short, the states are leading us backwards to find the present… and the future.

This article first appeared in Greek on News Auto. Translated by Paul Antonopoulos.

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