Ian on EVs: Why do we even need to explain why Electric Vehicles?

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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). They are much easier on the driver. 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) in contrast emit large amounts of particulate pollution ("soot") which sickens and kills people. Gasoline cars catch fire and burn a hundred times a day in the US, often with fatal results. In fact, the infernal combustion engine is already dead, just hasn't realized it yet. Don't take my word for it; see here and in the Economist. Or, if you follow entrepreneurs, here's Sir Richard Branson, founder of various Virgin Enterprises, on Why we should switch by 2025 not 2040.

Overall pollution and GHG is less when EVs are used, even where dirty fuel is used, as has been articulated many times, by the Union of Concerned Scientists and by the International Council on Clean Transportation. Indeed, given the massive amount of fuel used by refineries and pumping stations 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. When you hear otherwise, it's probably funded by the fossil fuel industry, stock market short sellers, or somebody with an axe to grind. See CNBC.

Even staid old-line makers like Jaguar and Porsche have committed to electrification. Porsche 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 TayCan (nee Mission-E) at the Toronto Auto Show CIAS 2018.

Porsche Taycan (Mission-E) at CIAS2018

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:

Electric Vehicles are here to stay

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), Jaguar (to invest US$18B over 3 years), Volkswagen, 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. Yup.

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).

USA Today has an article on road-tripping with EVs.

This will have impacts beyond the obvious.

Even Britain's Royal Family is going electric.

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.

EV Cars


Tesla vs the Evil Short Sellers

There is an emerging view that the main short sellers against Tesla are not in it for society's good, but out to destroy an innovative company for their own huge short-term profit. Read about it:

  • The War on Tesla Musk and the Fight for the Future
  • Elon Musk vs Short Sellers on TMC
  • Video: Dissing Jim Chanos' twisty arguments against Tesla
  • Tesla Model 3

    Tesla Model 3

    The Model 3, an "affordable Tesla" "for some of the rest of us", was announced/unveiled March 31, 2016. Before the reveal, Canada's Globe and Mail called the event the beginning of the beginning for the Tesla Model 3. Within a few weeks, over a quarter million people had put down a US$1K deposit to hold a place in the ordering queue, a queue which ultimately reached half a million reservations.

    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 deliveries began in May of 2018. The all-wheel drive option was released in June, 2018. Deliveries of the base model (standard battery, US$35,000, Can$46,500) are anticipated to start later in 2018 in both countries. Those further afield may have to wait until 2019. Disclosure: I purchased one in the summer of 2018. And I love it! Read these reviews to see why everybody loves this car. 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!".

    Low-cost, Mostly-Three-Wheeled EVs reduce weight, complexity

    The A-Z of EV Motorcycles

    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.


    Trucks: Pickups

    Trucks: Semis and Delivery

    e-Bus/Subway/Streetcar/LRT manufacturers




    Electric Yard Work

    Ban the ICE for personal transport!

    No, I did not come up with this idea. Several countries did! Most of these are not yet passed into law. But some of them will.

    EV Information and News Sites

    Plug-n-Drive Discovery Centre (left); booth at CIAS2018 (right)


    While this whole web page could be construed as EV Advocacy, here are some things I've written and published or made available;