What’s not to love about an electric car? If you want to go on a hot electric vehicle date, go to the Electric Vehicle Fair 2015 at Science World in the evening of Friday (April 24), organized by the Vancouver chapter of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association.
So here are the top 10 reasons why so many people are falling in love with an electric car—and let’s make it personal, speaking directly to the object of our affections:
1. You’ve got no baggage!
Unlike your cousin the conventional automobile, you don’t come with baggage. You don’t bring oil spills, pipelines, and tankers to family gatherings, pooping all over the party the way you did in the Gulf of Mexico a couple of years ago, and elsewhere around the world. We prefer our mountains and coastlines without the sheen of petrochemicals, and we’d like Alberta’s boreal forest to remain that way, not stripped of its trees and turned into bitumen. Your cousin doesn’t see things the same way, alas.
2. You don’t cause climate change
This is a biggie for anyone who cares about the world. Wherever the electricity comes from zero-carbon sources such as solar, hydro, and wind, you’re a real solution to the climate crisis, and even when it’s partly coal-fired you still produce fewer emissions than your cousin. Because of this I foresee a long and happy relationship, riding together into a safe, sustainable future.
3. You don’t cause air pollution
You don’t have unpleasant bodily odours, which can be a turn-off in a relationship. You don’t pollute the air, which means you don’t contribute to cardiovascular disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and diabetes. So people have no reason to feel guilty about driving around with you, which has got to be good, since judgment and criticism are a big part of why couples break up. You’re also very quiet: you don’t announce yourself wherever you go. People like that in a relationship.
4. You’re not an expensive date
You cost far less to fuel than your gasoline-guzzling cousin—just three cents a kilometre. So at 10,000 kilometres a year you only cost $5 a week. Nor is it a problem finding a place to charge up if you are not already being charged from home or work. The display on your dashboard says where the nearest charging station is and how much further you can go before you need a top-up. In doubt? Check PlugShare to see the location of EV charging stations in North America.
5. You’re not an expensive shopper
When it comes to keeping you neat and tidy at the service station you cost 35 percent less than your cousin, the gas-guzzling automobile. Why so? Because you’ve got so many fewer moving parts. Over eight years, doing 8,000 kilometres a year, a typical small car will cost $4,770 in maintenance including oil changes, brakes, tires, spark plugs, and filters, but you will only cost $3,070.
6. Blush—you’re rather awesome
Your acceleration is the best. You’re super-smooth and super-quiet. Your drive is four times more efficient than your cousin and almost twice as efficient as your other cousin, the hydrogen car. Driving with you puts a smile on people’s faces. Every time you hit the brakes instead of wearing out the brake-pads, the energy is transferred to your battery pack. This is tough to explain to someone who has never been on a date with you, so if you’re reading this and you’ll be in Vancouver on the evening of Friday (April 24) come on down to Science World. You’d best hurry though, because if a thousand people come there won’t be a date for everyone. Register now to book a test drive.
7. Your battery is 100 percent recyclable
That’s important to know, since your critics make a big deal about how your battery is going to die and be bad for the environment, filling up the landfills. Not so. All existing lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries are recycled, and since most lithium-ion batteries will hold 85 percent of their power when it’s time to replace them there’s going to be a market for them. The remaining 15 percent will be taken back by the manufacturer and refurbished or re-used in one way or another.
8. It costs a bit to marry you, but it’s worth it for a long-term relationship
It’s your battery that makes you more expensive than your cousin, but within five to 10 years the falling cost of batteries will have eliminated the cost-difference. To entice people into a marriage, there’s a $5,000 incentive plus a $3,250 Scrap-It trade-in allowance in British Columbia. There are also secondhand Nissan Leafs for sale at Motorize in Sidney, near Victoria.
9. You’re a positive for Canada’s economy
When people drive your cousin, most of the money they spend on fuel gets spent in the countries Canada imports oil from, supporting jobs there, not here. When people drive you, by contrast, they charge up with electricity generated in Canada, so the money circulates locally, supporting jobs in Canada. And since you cost so much less to run, the money saved on fuel will generate jobs too.
10. You don’t cause wars over oil
Fancy that—you don’t motivate nations to invade other nations or try to corrupt their democracies. You don’t motivate oil companies to drill in the Arctic or under the Amazon rainforest. You don’t provoke civil conflict and strife, and when people marry you their wedding trains aren’t soaked in blood and oil. So whether as a date or as a life-long partner, you’re a dream.
To learn more about your dream date, watch the YouTube video of the webinar BCSEA did with John Stonier in March, Full Charge on Electric Vehicles. And a big congratulations to the Vancouver chapter of the BCSEA for organizing the EV Fair!