April 2019. The purpose of this website is to provide information for those who are thinking about getting an EV. Questions addressed include: What it is like to drive an electric car? How far can you drive? How do you charge an EV for daily driving? How do you charge an EV when you are on a longer road trips? How reliable are EVs? Can an EV meet your daily needs? This website is here to tell you.
I post articles about my EVs and related issues when I have time. The articles are posted chronologically with the most recent post at the top under the “All Posts” tab over on the upper right. I’ve also organized posts by topic: Posts about our Rav4 EV are found under the “Rav4 EV” tab; posts about the Tesla Model 3 under the “Model 3” tab; posts about charging an EV under “Charging”; and so on.
In May 2013 we bought our first EV, a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV. In April 2018 we ditched our gas powered car and bought a second EV, a Tesla Model 3. We’ve gone Full EV and love it. The posts on this website will give you an idea what it’s like to drive EVs based on our experiences over the past 6+ years.
4 things about EVs to remember:
1: Power your car with domestic energy. By driving electric you decrease our reliance on foreign energy. You can drive a car powered by 100% domestic energy.
Domestic energy = Independence.
2: Pollution is real folks, and it is not good for us. There are 300 million cars on the road in the US. The average person drives 35 miles a day, in a car that gets maybe 20-25 miles per gallon. As a result, we use more than 300 million gallons of gas every day (the actual number is 384 million gallons of gas each and every day). And that’s just for cars and light trucks. Why does that matter? Burning a gallon of gas produces 20 pounds of CO². So that’s 20 pounds times 384 million. Every day. That’s over 7 billion pounds of CO². Yes, that’s billion with a B. 7 billion pounds that we pump into the atmosphere every day. Just from the United States. But that’s not all. Burning gas produces nitrogen oxides; volatile compounds from unburned or partially burned fuel; carbon monoxide; sulphur dioxide; and other toxins like benzene, 1,3-butadiene, acrolein, and formaldehyde. Even if we don’t know those names, we know car exhaust is bad: We wouldn’t let our children sit in a garage with a running car for an hour every day. But we treat the atmosphere like a limitless reservoir that we can fill with billions of pounds of harmful compounds day after day. Every day. I’ll write more on this topic later, but keep in mind that recent research provides more and more evidence for how bad air pollution is for our health, and the health of our children.
3: Electric cars are much cleaner, and get cleaner every year. You might say, but isn’t driving an electric car just trading gasoline for coal? No. There has been a big shift from coal to natural gas, which burns much cleaner. In addition, every year a greater proportion of our electricity is generated from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. Currently 13% of our power comes from these renewable sources and that number increases every year. As a result, each year pollution emissions from generating electricity go down, and the air gets cleaner.
4: Driving an electric car is a blast.
About the author: Steve Noctor grew up in the great state of New Jersey and now lives in California.