The rationale for electric vehicles is so compelling it hardly needs explanation. They actually cost less, in terms of total cost of ownership, as I pointed out in my write-up on EV ownership and as Forbes confirms (University of Michigan study, via Evannex.com). The particulate pollution at source of an EV is zero, the greenhouse gas emission at source is zero, and the noisy, stinking gasoline engine and its fuel infrastructure is rendered unnecessary. Gasoline engines and especially diesel (disparagingly called "diseasel" by detractors) emit large amounts of particulate pollution ("soot").
Overall pollution and GHG is less when EVs are used, even where dirty fuel is used, as has been articulated many times, by the http://www.thedrive.com/news/19225/electric-cars-are-cleaner-than-ever-study-says[Union of Concerned Scientists] and by the International Council on Clean Transportation. Indeed, given the fuel used by refineries and gas stations with their garish all-night lighting, some have estimated that it takes more electricity (in addition to the gasoline burning!) to drive a gasoline-powered car 100 miles than it takes to drive an electric car the same distance! EVs are thus significantly more efficient than the ICE vehicles they are starting to replace. Even Porsche has committed to electrification, and offers this discussion on the all-electric powertrain to be used in their near-future EVs, and what electrification means to the automotive world. Porsche exhibited a prototype Mission-E at the Toronto Auto Show CIAS 2018.
However we are creatures of habit, and habits suggest buying a regular gas guzzler or "ICE" (Infernal Combustion Engine) car. So think about the following:
Yup. And they've been around a lot longer than you think. See this History of the Electric Car.
As of October, 2017, every significant car manufacturer has committed to moving to EVs including the US Big 3 (GM, Ford, and FCA), and almost all German and Asian car makers. Some of these, like Porsche have said they will be 100% electric by 2030 or so. Daimler's SmartCar lineup is already all-electric in North America and will be 100% electric in Europe by 2020.
An early adopter reports that the pioneering days are over for EVs - in his view, EVs are now a thing.
The Wall Stree Journal notes that electric cars will be here sooner than you think (sign-in required).
Lake Simcoe Living ran an article Charged about the future: From trucks to boats, school buses and RVs - embrace the change by Ron Groves of Plug-n-Drive (weird Adobe Flash formatting, alas).
This will have impacts beyond the obvious.
I have a presentation on Why you should ride electric that will be of interest to schools, clubs and associations, etc. At about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes this covers some background, some of the controversies, myths and realities, and the advantages of electric vehicles. If you are interested in having me present it, please contact me by email (my first name at this website's domain), or using this contact form.
Charging your EV at home uses less energy than your furnace or your hot water heater, only a little more than your fridge.
There are literally dozens of companies making electric scooters, e-bikes, and of course mobility riders for seniors; far too many to list here. Find a local dealer.
The Model 3, an "affordable Tesla" "for some of the rest of us", was announced/unveiled March 31, 2016. In a few weeks, over a quarter million people had put down a US$1K deposit to hold a place in the ordering queue. Bloomberg said that the Model 3 lives up to the hype. Then, Musk and company went off to finalize the design and start building cars, while the rest of us waited. Finally, in July 2017, the first few dozen production models were turned over to their new owners at a public event. Just before the event, incidentally, it was revealed that the Tesla Model S had regained the favor of Consumer Reports after an Automatic Emergency Braking update. And again, before the reveal, Canada's Globe and Mail called the event the beginning of the beginning for the Tesla Model 3. Finally, after much waiting, we got the actual reveal which was shorter than we expected, and the press were given more details and a chance to drive production vehicles, and Tesla's web site (after some churn caused by the insane load), revealed the updated specs, a delivery date estimator, and for the lucky few, the "finalize your order" page.
The reviews were very favorable. Wired Magazine called it "a landmark in automotive history." The traditional Motor Trend Magazine called it "the most important car of the century". The rest of us just call it: "bring it on!".
Deliveries of the Model 3 with the "optional" long-range battery started in mid 2017 to employees, to US-based previous Tesla owners later in 2017, and to non-employees in February, 2018. Canadian orders are "estimated" to begin "mid 2018", but that's understood to be "Tesla Time". Deliveries of the base model (standard battery, US$35,000) are anticipated to start later in 2018 in both countries. Those further afield may have to wait until 2019.