A little bit, but not as badly as you’d think. We’ve actually got power - oodles and oodles of it. We jsut don’t have enough peak power production capability - mainly 7am to 7pm, we fall ( from what I’ve heard ) about 7% short. From, say, 9pm to about 5am, when most cars would be expected to charge, we’re filthy with power. Well, not exactly, but I don’t want to bring the cost of natural gas into it…
Anyway, for many of the same reasons we don’t have enough power, we don’t have enough gasoline, either. In much the same way that one cannot build a power plant in CA, one cannot build a refinery here, either. So, to the extent that we are up a creek with electric cars, we’re up a creek with gasoline, so that is not the biggest obstacle.
With all that said, I think electric cars are a bad idea, but for a different set of reasons. This allows us, once again, to pretend that the problem doesn’t exist - that is it normal to spend 2 hours on the freeway each day getting to a job. Comparitively cheap gasoline already hids the costs of the car culture too much; I shudder to think what the electric car will do.
That’s not articulated very well; I can try to expand, if any one is even remotely interested.