If we are going all EV by 2040, Cali better get cracking on building out the power grid and charging infrastructure. I'm fairly certain our present power grid won't handle converting all of the miles driven in California daily to being powered by the grid. It wasn't that long ago we had rolling outages because the grid couldn't handle summer HVAC needs. Now lets require all movement to be powered by that grid. Sounds legit.
Oh and we will need to pay for that throughout the country or set up ICEV rental stations at the borders so when someone drives cross country they can make it through the vast wilderness of the gas-loving, no EV infrastructure midwest.
I know, someone already beat me to the 30' boat towing, but still had to throw this in.
I would like to know however just how California plans to fund the grid infrastructure to replace all driving with plug in power. Also, the time it takes to get a power plant approved and built in this state is substantial. If it is going to be in place by 2040, they better start figuring out now how to fund it, and pulling the permits. The NIMBY lawsuits can add decades to the build or expansion of each plant and that assumes they can do so without harming a single endangered mouse somewhere.
Or we can pay Nevada or Mexico a ton of money to build nukes on the border and buy the power from them. Hope we never get in a dispute with them or they could turn us off and leave the state standing still. Did someone say 'build a wall'?
Just how many solar panels would be required to power all those miles. Assuming 4 miles per KWH, someone here should be able to figure out how many of the most efficient SunPower panels would be required and what amount of square miles those panels would cover. I'm guessing we might not need HVAC anymore because we will all be in the shade of solar panels. But I could be wrong - perhaps simply adding a few here and there will power all those miles that Californians drive daily.
Oh, I almost forgot, we will need a bazillion batteries so we can keep charging cars when there is some cloud cover. I'm sure there are no environmental consequences of producing that many batteries.