Why electric vehicles?
I have been fortunate enough to go scuba diving in some incredible locations. I have explored Raja Ampat, the second most bio-diverse spot on the planet. There I saw the world’s smallest seahorse, a shark that walks and more. But things are changing, faster than I ever imagined possible. Reefs that were once filled with life are now shattered and empty, devoid of life.
Our oceans are become too hot, too acidic. The very oceans that supply x percent of the air we breathe are dying.
What does that have to do with electric vehicles. Cars powered by fossil fuels pump out Co2. I began the hunt for a vehicle that could take me off a fossil fuel base. I wanted a car without a tailpipe.
- Quiet and Quick. It makes most regular cars seem clunky and outdated. What surprises people more is the high torque (axle-twisting power) offered by EVs. Step on the accelerator and power is delivered immediately to the wheels, providing an exhilarating driving experience.
- Home Recharging. Imagine never going to a gas station again. All you have to do is pull into your garage or driveway, reach over for a plug, and push it into the charging inlet. It’s very convenient and takes all of about 15 seconds. Wake up the next morning, and you have a car ready to go for another 80 to 100 miles—or double that, depending on the model. That’s plenty for everybody except interstate travellers
- Cheaper to Operate. In most parts of the world, electricity is ubiquitous and cheap—with a big cost advantage over petroleum. Given the considerable efficiency of electric cars compared to internal combustion models, the cost per mile to fuel an EV is approximately one-third to one-quarter the cost of gasoline (on a cost per mile basis). And because electric cars don’t have exhaust systems and don’t need oil changes, maintenance costs are reduced. To maintain an electric car, just rotate your tires and keep them properly inflated.
- No Tailpipe Emissions. Nearly all credible researchers believe that electric cars, even in coal-dependent regions, have a smaller environmental impact than conventional vehicles. In regions with a strong grid mix of renewables—such as hydro, wind and solar—or for electric car drivers with home solar, the emissions benefits are dramatic. You can expect some analysts to argue the opposite. But it’s incontrovertible that EVs don’t have a tailpipe, and therefore provide a real benefit to improving air quality for you, your family, and your community.