We always think about electric cars as something new, but 100 years ago was "the first golden age" of electric car.
- 38% of all cars (40% steam cars, 22% gasoline)
- stigmatized as “women’s cars”, some had fake radiators to pretend they had an engine
- invention of electric starter and muffler solved cranking and noise problems
- mass production and related low price of gas-powered vehicles resulted in dramatic decline in EV production
- EVs (all electric vehicles) have no tailpipe, no direct emissions or pollution
- EV converts ~60% of electrical energy to effective wheel power; internal combustion engine converts only ~19% of energy stored in gasoline
- Even in Alberta with our dirty grid electricity, there is less direct and indirect pollution from driving an electric car than from driving internal combustion car!
- Equivalent of 2l/100km or 118mpg
- Electric car owners are more likely to invest in green electricity
- Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation, stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than ICEs
- Acceleration like a sports car
- It typically takes 8-10 years of gasoline and maintenance cost for an average car to pay for Nissan Leaf EV including the 8-10 years worth of electricity to run it!
- Recovers over 90% of kinetic energy with regenerative braking
- 3 times more efficient energy conversion with electric motor
- You know what energy is going to cost you, how many times your electricity bill went up because of the long weekend?
A study out of B.C. found that electric vehicles would save fleet operators an average of $16,000 per car compared to the vehicle they'd be replacing over a service life of seven years.
- Most can go about 120-160km on a single charge, some can go as far as 450km
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- 4-8 hours for typical car, Tesla and BMW can recharge 80% in 30 min. and electricity is free from Tesla charging stations
- Electric cars are more expensive mostly due to low volume production and high battery cost