July 2020. The purpose of this website is to provide information for those who are thinking about getting an EV. If you have questions like: Can an EV meet your daily needs? How reliable are EVs? How far can you drive? How do you charge an EV for daily driving? How do you charge an EV on road trips?… Then this website is here to tell you.
I post articles about EVs and related topics. The articles are posted chronologically with the most recent post at the top 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; and so on.
Our first EV was a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV. In April 2018 we went full EV – we ditched our gas powered car and replaced it with a Tesla Model 3. More recently we added a Model Y to our family and the Rav4 EV moved on to start new adventures with a new family. The posts on this website draw on our experience from the past 7+ years to give you an idea of what it’s like to drive EVs.
4 things to know about EVs:
1: Power your car with domestic energy. By driving electric you decrease reliance on foreign energy. You can drive a car powered by 100% domestic energy.
Domestic energy = Independence.
2: Pollution is real folks. There are 300 million cars on the road in the US. The average person drives 35 miles a day, in a car that gets 20-25 miles per gallon. As a result, we use more than 300 million gallons of gas every day (actual number: 384 million gallons per day). And that’s just cars and light trucks. Burning a gallon of gas produces 20 pounds of CO². So that’s 20 pounds times 384 million. Every day. That’s 7 billion pounds of CO². Billion with a B. 7 billion lbs that we pump into the atmosphere every day. Just in the United States. Burning gas also 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. Car exhaust is bad. Nobody would let their children sit in a garage with a running car. But we treat the atmosphere like a limitless reservoir that we can fill with billions of pounds of harmful compounds every day. 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 gas 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 17% of electricity in the United States comes from renewable sources – and that percentage increases year by year. As a result, each year pollution from generating electricity go down, EVs get cleaner, and the air gets cleaner.
4: Driving an electric car is a blast.
Background image credit: NASA/ESA, Thin Blue Line
About the author: Steve Noctor grew up in the great state of New Jersey and now lives in California.