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Power used to cook Christmas turkeys in Britain could send an EV 10,000 times round the world

Brits will use the same amount of power to cook their turkey this Christmas as needed to send an EV around the world more than 10,000 times.

According to ChargePoint Inc, the amount of power needed to cook turkeys for Brits on Christmas Day could be used to send an EV to the moon and back 583 times

According to ChargePoint Inc, the same amount of power could also be used to send an EV to the moon and back 583 times or make four round trips to Mars.

Chris Burghardt, managing director for Europe at ChargePoint, continued: “Whilst this may all be a little unrealistic, it does highlight an important point. There has been recent concern regarding how prepared the British electricity grid is for the inevitable electrification of transport. As a society we have rituals and everyday activities that put huge demands on our power infrastructure. If everyone was to cook their turkey in an oven that cooks it instantly at the exact same time in the UK there would be issues, especially considering the estimated combined capacity of around 90GW. The thing is, they don’t!

“The same is true with electric cars. Drivers will charge their cars as part of their  personal routine – charging most of the time at work, home, and around town while running errands or holiday shopping. This will differ for each individual. Moreover, as electrical load drops overall, EVs help to balance out the load which is good for drivers and energy providers.

“So, when gathered round the table this Christmas, surrounded by your loved ones, take a moment to think of the energy that went into that meal – all that electricity can get you much further in an EV than you think!”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.