The recent power outages have not negatively impacted electric car owners, Easy Eco Car Sales owner Pia Farmer said recently.
Farmer’s company is the first seller of electric cars in The Bahamas. She is also an owner of one the vehicles.
“It hasn’t impacted me because the car doesn’t need a full charge to drive,” Farmer told Guardian Business.
She likened charging an electric car to putting gas in a traditional car, noting that “you don’t need a full tank of gas to drive”.
“The car doesn’t have to be plugged in like the whole night or the whole day,” Farmer said.
“You’re just topping up your charge. Sometimes you don’t plug it in for days.
“In reality, the best way to explain is that despite the fact that our problems with electricity are significant, when you own an electric car you’re only charging for a few hours a day maximum. So, if the power goes out then you won’t be charging it during those three or four hours but you have opportunities to charge it the rest of the time.”
Farmer said the vehicles and their chargers are built with automatic surge protectors to prevent internal damage when the power is restored.
“So, it’s not like you have to unplug it and worry about when the power comes back,” she said.
Since early June, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has been load shedding across New Providence due to a generation shortfall.
At peak consumption, BPL faces a generation shortage of 40 megawatts (MW), according to BPL Chief Executive Officer Whitney Heastie.
BPL executives have promised long-term relief with the installation of a new 132-MW plant at the Clifton Pier Power Station.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has pledged to do whatever is necessary to solve the problem at BPL.